Sunny skies with highs near 50 degrees at the base and 40s up top. Lighter winds Saturday morning. Then the winds ramp up from the southwest through Saturday afternoon with ridgetop gusts up to 80+ mph by the end of the ski day. That could affect some upper mountain lifts by the end of the day on Saturday.
Saturday Night – Sunday System:
The next system for Saturday night into Sunday will likely bring some clouds and gusty winds. Ridgetop gusts up to 80+ mph early Sunday morning could delay some upper mountain lift openings. Then falling through the afternoon. Highs drop into the 40s at the base and 30s up top.
We could see a few light snow showers move through later Saturday night into Sunday morning. The amounts look light. Snow levels look to be near to below the base. We could see a coating to an inch of new snow on the mountain.
A quick rebound back to nicer weather Monday with mostly sunny skies and highs back near 50 degrees at the base and 40s up top, along with lighter winds.
Another system digs south into the northern Sierra Monday night into Tuesday morning, with scattered showers possible into the afternoon before clearing by Tuesday night. This system should bring a bit more moisture south into the Tahoe Basin. We could see rain at the base and snow up top.
Snow levels look to start above 8500 ft. Monday night and fall to around 6500-7500 ft. Tuesday morning. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 80+ mph from the southwest, likely causing some lift closures Tuesday morning, then falling through the afternoon. Expecting rain at the base and part of the lower mountain, with a coating up to 5 inches of snow on the upper mountain above 7000 ft.
Right now Wednesday through next Friday look to be drier and milder. We may stay in a similar pattern through the long-range. The Pacific NW could stay active with Northern CA on the southern edge of the storm track.
The next chance for a storm to bring rain & snow to the Northern Sierra looks to be next Saturday the19th. We’ll continue to watch the trends as we get closer.