An additional 6 inches of snow had fallen on the mountain in the past 24 hours as of 5 AM Wednesday. That brings the 4-day storm totals to 58 inches and counting as the snow continued to fall Wednesday morning!
The skies are clearing Wednesday afternoon behind the final wave of the cold storm series that was with us for around two weeks. Gusty winds continue over the ridges. Highs are in the teens up top and 20s at the base.
Thursday – Friday Night Storm:
Thursday we will see increasing clouds and winds with highs in the 30s. Ridgetop winds from the southwest increase to 70-80+ mph by afternoon. Snow showers could move in by late morning with steadier snow in the afternoon with snow levels starting out near the base. We could see several inches by the end of the day.
Thursday night heavy rain and snow push in with rising snow levels. We expect heavy precipitation through Friday night. Strong winds over 100+ mph Friday will likely keep many lifts closed. Snow levels rise overnight to around 7300-7800 ft. Thursday night into Friday morning, and possibly peaking around 7500-8000 ft. Friday. Friday night snow levels could drop back to the base.
We expect heavy rain at the base up to 7000 ft. with this storm. There is a boom/bust zone for snowfall between 7000-8000 ft. depending on snow levels. Above 8000 ft. we should see mostly all snow. Here is the updated forecast for expected snowfall totals by Saturday morning.
- 10-16 inches at the base.
- 20-26 inches at mid-mountain elevations.
- 42-51+ inches up top.
Saturday – Sunday Storm:
The moisture continues to stream into the Sierra Saturday through Sunday night aided by another wave moving through. Winds should be lighter both days but still gusting up to 50-60+ mph up top from the west-southwest. Highs in the 30s.
Snow levels could fluctuate between the base and 6800 ft. through the 2-day period. That means some rain could mix with snow or change to rain at times near the base. Above 7000 ft. we should see mostly all snow but not the powdery snow we have been seeing. Here is the forecast for snowfall for Saturday through Sunday night.
- 15-22 inches at the base.
- 21-27 inches at mid-mountain elevations.
- 27-34+ inches up top.
Another strong and wet storm is expected to move in Monday and could last into next Wednesday the 15th. We could see another round of heavy rain and snow with fluctuating snow levels and gusty winds. More details as we get closer.
We could see a break next Thursday into Friday the 17th, but we could see more storms into the last week of March. More details as we get closer.