We picked up another inch of new snow on the upper mountain Tuesday from the scattered showers. That brings the final total for the weak 2-day storm to 3″ on the upper mountain. We were expecting 2-5″ in total so this storm performed as we expected.
Wednesday – Thursday:
Mostly sunny skies Wednesday & Thursday. It will be milder with highs into the 40s at the base and 30s up top. It could be a pair of nicer days and soft snow, but breezy up top.
The winds could turn northwest Wednesday and could gust up to 60+ mph up top in the morning and drop to 40+ in the afternoon. Thursday we could start with light southwest winds and then gusting up to 50+ mph up top by afternoon. Some wind holds possible up top Wednesday morning & Thursday afternoon but the winds could be marginal for that.
Another storm is forecast to move in Friday morning and last into Friday night before clearing by Saturday morning. Gusty winds and more snow for the mountain. We could start with snow levels above 7000 ft. initially and then falling below the base by Friday afternoon. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 90+ mph likely closing some upper mountain lifts.
The forecast models are trending downward with the precipitation this morning. We could now see similar snowfall amounts as the Mon-Tue storm with a coating up to 2 inches at the base after a change to snow, and 1-4 inches on the mountain by Friday evening.
From Saturday the 8th through the 2nd week of January the forecast models suggest we could see a drier pattern, possibly lasting through mid-month or longer. We could see some milder temperatures as well during this period.
We could see the pattern start to shift again during the 3rd week of January. Initially, we could see a colder pattern return with weaker systems possible later in the month. We’ll let you know when we see signs of storms returning.