Mostly cloudy skies and breezy winds with the chance of a few stray snow & rain showers Tuesday into Tuesday night. Winds gusting up to 40-50+ mph up top from the west. Highs in the 30s.
Snow levels could be near the base Tuesday morning and then could rise above 7000 ft. during the afternoon, and possibly above 8000 ft. Tuesday night. That means we could see some rain showers at the base & lower mountain Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Above 7500 ft. we could see a coating to an inch of snow at best by Wednesday morning if we see some snow showers.
Wednesday – Thursday:
Wednesday, skies start clearing with partly-mostly sunny skies by afternoon. Ridgetop winds still gusting up to 40+ mph up top. Highs in the 30s on the mountain to near 40 degrees at the base.
For Thursday we are expecting partly sunny skies. Highs in the 30s on the mountain to near 40 degrees at the base. We could see lighter winds up top for Thursday, at least in the morning.
Thursday night another weak system could brush us with a few stray showers. Snow levels could be above 7500-8000 ft.
Friday thru The Weekend:
Strong high-pressure builds in over CA for Christmas weekend. That should bring us mostly sunny skies and some milder temperatures starting Friday through Sunday. Highs into the 40s on the mountain and 50s at the base.
The dry and mild pattern is expected to continue into Monday the 26th.
Starting the 27th through the end of December, the long-range models continue to show a shift to a wetter pattern. Storms tracking into the Pacific NW look to dig farther south into CA and the northern Sierra. We could see 2-3 decent storms during the period.
We’ll continue to watch the trends as we get closer. One issue could be snow levels as these storms look to be milder with rain for the lower elevations.
The active pattern could continue into the first week of January.