Scattered snow showers Sunday night into Monday morning brought a coating to an inch of new snow to the mountain. That is 18 inches for the upper mountain over the last 3 days!
Partly to mostly cloudy & cold for Monday. A few scattered snow showers are possible. Highs in the 20s on the upper mountain and 30s at the base for Monday with ridgetop winds continuing to gust to 30+ mph up top. Then increasing winds to 60+ mph from the northeast Monday night.
Tuesday – New Year’s Eve:
We should see mostly sunny skies on Tuesday. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top. Strong wind gusts into Tuesday morning with gusts to 60+ mph up top, which could delay the opening of a few lifts in the morning. Winds dropping some for the afternoon with gusts only to 40+ mph.
Wednesday we may see some sun in the morning and increasing clouds in the afternoon as the next system approaches. Winds increasing again in the afternoon from the southwest. Another weak system will move through Wednesday night into Thursday morning brushing Tahoe and the northern Sierra with some light snow.
Based on the latest trends, we could see 1-3 inches of new snow at the base and 2-4 inches on the mountain by midday Thursday. Then clearing through the afternoon. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top. Winds coming down some during the day on Thursday.
The next storm takes aim at the Pacific NW on Saturday. We may be on the southern edge of moisture streaming into off the Pacific. We will have to watch how far south that stream pushes as it is fairly stationary during the day. We could see just clouds, or we could see up to several inches of snow on Saturday.
Then Saturday night into Sunday the trough digs south into CA pushing heavier precipitation into the northern Sierra. We are going to have to fine-tune the details of this storm all week. Early guestimates are for 1-2 feet of snow on the mountain over the weekend. Snow levels look to stay near to below the base.
The pattern may remain active with additional storms moving through northern CA through the week of 4th. The next storm may move in next Monday, with more storms behind that throughout the week. If the current forecast holds, it could be a snowy week ahead starting this weekend.
We will have to track each one to see how far south each storm tracks and how much moisture they will pull in for accumulating snowfall on the mountains. More details as we get closer to each storm.