We caught back up over the past 24 hours with a bit more snowfall than expected, with 16 inches falling at the base and 18 inches up top as of 6 AM Thursday! That brings the 2-day storm total to 20 inches and counting!
We have very cold temperatures in the single digits Thursday morning and winds gusting up to 90+ mph up top. That is bringing very low visibility as the powdery snow blows around, and wind chills are dangerous as they are -30 degrees up top. That is causing many lifts to be closed Thursday morning.
Thursday – Saturday Snow:
It will stay very cold through Friday with highs in the teens for the upper mountain and 20s at the base. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 70-80+ mph through the day. Lighter winds Friday as they turn to the east by evening. Saturday we could see high temperatures warm a few degrees into the 20s to near 30 at the base along with gusty east winds in the morning that come down through the afternoon.
Scattered snow showers continue through Thursday night with 6-15 inches of new snow by Friday morning. Heavier snow Friday with 10-15 inches of new snow possible during the day, and then 3-6 inches possible Friday night. Saturday we may only see a dusting to an inch in the morning before snow showers clear to the south by afternoon.
Snow levels continue to stay very low through Friday night with dry powdery snow continuing to fall. Here is the updated snowfall forecast for additional snowfall expected Thursday through Saturday morning.
- 21-28 inches at the base.
- 25-32 inches at mid-mountain elevations.
- 29-36 inches up top.
Sunday – Wednesday Snow:
We should see a break between storms later Saturday into Sunday morning but with increasing winds ahead of the next storm Sunday. Highs into the 20s on the mountain and near 30 degrees at the base Sunday and into the 20s Monday – Wednesday. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 70-80+ mph from the SW Sunday & Monday, and then coming down through Tuesday into Wednesday.
A weaker system could bring snow back in by midday Sunday with 2-4 inches possible by evening. Light-moderate snow continues into Monday morning with several more inches falling. Then a stronger storm moves in by Monday afternoon into Tuesday with heavy snow. Snow winds down Tuesday night with scattered snow showers into Wednesday morning before clearing out later in the day.
This is another cold storm series Sun-Wed with strong winds and powdery snow blowing around. Here is the potential snowfall totals for the 3-day period on top of what falls by Saturday!
- 37-46 inches at the base.
- 43-52 inches at mid-mountain elevations.
- 49-58 inches up top.
That means we could see 5-8 feet in total by Wednesday on the mountain!
We could see a brief break later Wednesday through Friday the 3rd. Then storms could return by the weekend of the 4th-5th into the week of the 6th as another cold trough is forecast to dig into the West Coast. We’ll continue to watch the trends.