9 inches of new snow fell at the base and 15 inches on the mountain in the past 24 hours. That brings the 2-day storm total to 19 inches on the upper mountain and 28 inches so far in the last 5 days!
Clouds and sun for Friday. Scattered showers are still possible. Snow levels rising up to 7000 – 8000 ft. during the day. Highs into the 40s at the base and 30s up top. Winds are still gusting up to 60+ mph up top. That could dip to 40+ mph midday and then increase again to 60+ mph during the afternoon.
Friday Night – Saturday Storm:
Later Friday night into Saturday the next storm brings more rain & snow. Snow levels start out around 7000-7500 ft. with some rain at the base, but then should fall to around 5800-6300 ft. Saturday morning which is right near the base. The heaviest snow is expected during the morning with afternoon showers ending by evening. Highs in the 30s. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 80+ mph, likely closing some upper mountain lifts.
Rain & snow at the base makes the forecast tricky, but estimates are for 1-5 inches depending on whether or not we change to snow by Saturday morning. 5-12 inches of new snow are expected on the mountain above 7000 ft. by Saturday evening.
Sunday – Monday:
We should see nicer weather for Easter Sunday as the sun comes out and highs warm into the 40s to near 50 degrees at the base. The dry weather should continue into Monday with mostly sunny skies, but with increasing winds and clouds throughout the day.
Breezy ridgetop winds gusting up to 40-50+ mph from the southwest Sunday. Then strong winds are for Monday ahead of the next storm with gusts from the southwest up to 100+ mph by afternoon, which should close some upper mountain lifts.
Monday Night – Tuesday Storm:
The next storm moves in later Monday night into Tuesday with more rain & snow. The showers Tuesday afternoon should clear out by evening. Highs into the 30s to near 40 degrees a the base. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 90+ mph in the morning and falling to 60+ mph by afternoon. That could close/delay some lifts Monday.
Snow levels start out around 6500-7000 ft. Early Tuesday morning with some rain at the base. They could bottom out around 6000-6500 ft. which is right near the base again. So we may or may not change to snow at the base Tuesday or see a mix.
With a mix at the base, we could see 0-2 inches of new snow, with 3-8 inches on the mountain above 7000 ft. by Tuesday evening.
We could see a break Wednesday before another storm moves in Thursday into next Friday. This storm could bring a decent amount of rain & snow. We will be watching the trends and will fine-tune the forecast on potential snowfall amounts and timing as we get closer.
We could see a drier pattern return starting Saturday the 23rd into the week of the 25th, and then maybe a slightly unsettled pattern setting up the last few days of the month.