Rain and snow are falling Tuesday morning with snow levels hovering between 6500 – 7000 ft. The steady precipitation will taper to scattered showers by late morning into the afternoon, and we clear by later in the day. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 60-70+ mph from the southwest will fall through the afternoon. Highs into the 40s at the base and 30s up top.
As of the time of reporting early Tuesday morning, there was only a coating of snow so far. Still 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 6500-7000 ft. More the higher you go.
Wednesday – Friday:
Wednesday through Friday looks to be drier and milder as high pressure builds back in over the region. Expecting mostly sunny skies with highs into the 40s on the mountain and near 50 degrees at the base. The winds should be light as well. We could see some clouds Thursday as a falling apart system moves through.
A colder storm moves in by later morning Saturday, with snow showers possibly continuing into Saturday night into early Sunday morning before clearing Sunday morning. Highs drop into the 30s for the weekend. Gusty winds Saturday up to 60-70+ mph from the southwest up top.
Snow levels could start around 7000-7500 ft. Saturday morning and fall to around 6000-6500 ft. during the afternoon, and below 5000 ft. Saturday night. The latest model runs are declining with the total precipitation amounts through Saturday night. We could see 1-3 inches at the base and 2-5 inches of snow on the upper mountain. We’ll fine-tune the forecast as we get closer.
The sun should return during the day on Sunday with lighter winds but chilly with highs in the 30s.
Next week the long-range models are suggesting that we could go back into a dry and mild pattern through Friday the 25th.
The ridge may break down the last week of the month, with a more active pattern possible the last 3-5 days of the month. We’ll continue to watch the trends as we get closer.