Friday – Saturday Snow:
Snow showers are moving in early Friday morning. We will have scattered snow showers over the mountain throughout the day on Friday. Highs into the 30s. Ridgetop winds from the southwest gusting up to 50+ mph up top by the end of the day. Snow levels should be near to below the base through the afternoon. Only expecting a coating to an inch of snow on the mountain during the daytime hours.
The snow showers are expected to increase later Friday through Friday night as a 2nd colder system dives into the region. This sets up a much better chance for snowfall accumulation and powdery snow as snow levels plummet. We could see 2-4 inches of new snow on the mountain by early Saturday morning.
Snow showers continue into Saturday morning and become more scattered into the afternoon. Highs only in the low 30s at the base and 20s up top. The winds should come down some as well but could gusting from the north up to 50+ mph up top during the afternoon. We should clear out Saturday night. By Saturday evening we could see an additional 1-3 inches of snow on the mountain.
Storm total of 3-6 inches at the base and 4-8 inches on the mountain possible by Saturday evening as the storm starts to clear the region. With the cold air and the convective nature of snow showers possible into Saturday, it is possible to get slightly more than that on some mountains, but it’s hard to know which ones.
Sunday – Tuesday:
A drier pattern returns Sunday into the first half of next week as high pressure builds back in over CA. It stays cold Sunday into Monday with highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top. Mostly sunny skies continue through Tuesday with highs warming into the 40s at the base and 30s up top. We could see gusty northeast winds up to 60+ mph Monday.
We may stay dry through the weekend of the 12th as high pressure sits near the West Coast and over CA again into the weekend of the 12th.
The long-range forecast models continue to suggest a trough forms in the northeast Pacific pushing into the Pacific NW the week of the 14th. That could allow storms to spin up off the coast and push in northern CA, but they could also stay just to our north. We’ll continue to keep an eye on that as we get closer.