Thursday – Friday:
We should see some clouds Thursday as a dry system moves through. Highs into the 40s. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 30+ mph from the southwest.
Friday should be a nice day with mostly sunny skies, light winds, highs into the 50s at the base, and 40s up top.
The next storm moves in Saturday morning between 6-9 AM with rain & snow showers, with showers possibly continuing into Saturday evening before clearing Saturday night. Highs drop into the 30s. Gusty winds up to 60-70+ mph from the southwest up top in the morning dropping to 40+ during the afternoon. That could affect some upper mountain lift operations in the morning.
Snow levels could start around 6500-7000 ft. Saturday morning, fall near to just above the base by midday, then below the base by later in the day into Saturday evening. That means we could see some rain at the base before the change to snow later Saturday. We could see 1-3 inches at the base and 2-5 inches of new snow on the upper mountain by Saturday evening.
The sun returns Sunday but chilly with highs in the 30s up top and 40s at the base. The winds turn north and could crank back up with gusts up to 70+ mph up top. That could affect some upper mountain lift operations again on Sunday, and the winds will make it feel colder than the air temperatures.
High pressure builds in through the end of next week. We should see mostly sunny days and mild temperatures. Highs into the 40s up top and 50s at the base Monday – Tuesday, and then into the 50s & 60s by Wednesday. We could cool slightly later in the week.
The ridge may begin to break down the weekend of the 26th, with a trough digging into the West Coast going into the week of the 28th. That could open the door to a storm or two moving into CA before the end of the month. We’ll continue to watch the trends.