Saturday Snow Showers:
Gusty winds Saturday from the southwest with ridgetop gusts up to 50+ mph. Coming down some through the day on Saturday. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top.
Clouds with some peeks of sun with snow showers moving through the Sierra Saturday afternoon-evening. Then clearing Saturday night. This system will be moisture-starved and only very light amounts of snow are expected. A dusting to an inch of new snow with maybe up to 2 inches if a stronger band moves over the mountain.
Sunday – Wednesday:
Things dry out Sunday with the sun returning. We should stay dry through Wednesday. We will be under a northerly/northeasterly flow which will keep temperatures cold with highs only in the 30s at the base and 20s up top.
The good news with the temperatures staying cold is that the natural snowpack won’t melt much through the week. Cold nights will allow for snowmaking to add to the base and expand terrain ahead of opening next weekend!
By Thursday, high pressure is forecast to build in a bit more over the West Coast. That may allow high temperatures to warm a bit more into the 40s at the base and 30s up top for Thursday into Friday.
A cold front is possible for next Saturday the 19th with a shot of colder air, and an outside chance of a few snow showers again. By the 20th through Thanksgiving week, the long-range models still suggest a trough returning near the West Coast.
The operational model runs show storms possibly returning around Thanksgiving day, but the ensemble mean models still suggest an increase in precipitation chances starting Sunday the 20th through Thanksgiving week. We will continue to watch the trends…