Thursday – Thursday Night Storm:
Increasing clouds Thursday morning with the next storm pushing in around midday with light rain & snow showers into Thursday afternoon. Then heavier snow Thursday night with snow levels falling. The storm moves out quickly by Friday morning.
We start out with higher snow levels around 6500-7000 ft. (just above the base) so some rain showers possible at the bottom of the mountain. Then as heavier snow moves in Thursday evening snow levels fall below the base. The question for the base will be how fast they fall during the evening. A few snow showers could linger into early Friday morning before clearing.
We could see 3-9 inches of new snow at the base, and 7-15 inches of snow on the mountain by Friday morning. This will be thicker snow, not powdery, & wetter at the base. Ridgetop winds from the southwest could gust up to 60+ mph by Thursday afternoon, possibly affecting some upper mountain lifts. Highs in the 30s.
We will see mostly sunny skies for most of the day on Friday, with highs in the 30s on the mountain. Ridgetop winds dropping off with lighter winds for Friday.
Another system will push into northern CA early Saturday morning with more snow expected through the day on Saturday, and then clearing Saturday night. We should see all snow to the base with this storm, but with snow levels near to just below the base and highs in the 30s, the snow will be wet at the base.
We could see an additional 1-4 inches at the base and 2-6 inches on the mountain by Saturday evening. Gusty winds again with this system with ridgetop gusts from the southwest of 50-60+ mph up top, possibly affecting a few lifts. Highs in the 30s with only 20s up top.
Expecting mostly sunny skies for Sunday with lighter winds and highs in the 30s on the mountain.
Another storm is expected to move in during the early morning hours Monday. This storm looks to be the warmest of the 3. We could see rain at the base Monday with snow levels around 6500-7000 ft. through most of the day. Then falling below the base Monday night. The snow showers could last into Monday night before ending by Tuesday morning.
This storm will also bring gusty winds for Monday with ridgetop gusts of 50-60+mph from the southwest. Highs in the 30s. We could see an additional 0-2 inches at the base and 5-10 inches on the mountain by Tuesday morning.
The long-range models suggest that we could see mostly sunny skies for Tuesday – Wednesday. Then possibly increasing clouds by next Thursday ahead of another storm that could move in by next Friday into the weekend of the 22nd.