We were expecting 24-hour snowfall of 19-28 inches of additional snowfall by Monday morning. We picked up another 20 inches at the base and 30 inches on the upper mountain! That brings the 5-day storm total to 104 inches (8+ feet) so far, and more to come through Monday!
Unfortunately, all of that snow and high winds have caused the mountain to close again for the day Monday. Many of the area highways are closed as well.
The heavy snow continues Monday morning and then becomes lighter through the afternoon. Scattered snow showers could linger into Monday evening as we start to clear into Monday night. We could see strong wind gusts in the morning, but the winds may finally come down into the afternoon, with gusts of only up to 50+ mph possibly by afternoon.
We could see a final 5-10 inches of snow at the base and 7-12 inches on the mountain by Monday night. That would bring the 7-day storm total to 9+ feet on the upper mountain. What a storm series!
Tuesday – Wednesday:
Tuesday and Wednesday it stays cold but the winds are lighter, maybe gusting up to 40+ mph from the west Tuesday into Wednesday. Highs are still in the teens and 20s. We could see some clouds and sun as well as a few snow showers as the next storm moves down the West Coast and could brush us with light precipitation.
Only expecting a dusting to an inch of snow on the mountain Tuesday if we see some snow showers, and then another dusting to an inch possible Tuesday night. Wednesday we could see 2-4 inches of new snow as there is a better chance to see some light snow. In total maybe 3-6 inches of new snow by Thursday morning.
Thursday – Friday:
The latest forecast model runs suggest that we could see a break in the storms Thursday and then an inside slider system dropping down from the north on the east side of the Sierra for New Year’s Eve. That could bring some gusty winds up top but we should see partly – mostly sunny skies both days. Highs in the 20s on the mountain and 30s at the base.
We could see a cold but drier pattern to start January, but the pattern could shift by the 3rd with more storms possible through the 6th. The storms could bring quite a bit of snow if the pattern sets up the way it is currently forecast. More details as we get closer.