Friday we have clouds increasing. We will see lighter winds in the morning and then increasing into the afternoon. Ridgetop gusts increasing to 70+ mph by Friday night. Highs around 40 degrees at the base and 30s on the mountain.
The Weekend Storms:
Friday night into Saturday the next system pushes moisture into northern CA. We could see snow showers break out Friday evening with snow into Saturday morning before ending by afternoon. Snow levels starting below the base and then rising Saturday up towards mid-mountain.
We could see 2-5 inches near the base, 3-6 inches at mid-mountain, and 4-7 inches up top by Saturday afternoon. Any showers turning to rain at the base by late morning. Gusty ridgetop winds continue up to 60+ mph Saturday morning before coming down during the afternoon. That could cause some delays for upper mountain lifts.
Saturday night we could see a brief break with snow levels rising towards the top of the mountain. Then a front moving through Sunday is expected to bring more precipitation and gusty winds. The heaviest precipitation may fall Sunday afternoon/evening with the passage of the cold front. Snow levels may start around 8000 ft. Sunday morning before falling through the day down to the base by Sunday evening.
The latest model runs would bring around 1-4 inches of additional snowfall at the base, 4-7 inches at mid-mountain, and 5-9 inches up top. Ridgetop winds increasing to 80+ mph Sunday, likely closing upper mountain lifts.
Monday – Tuesday:
Expecting clear skies Monday and partly cloudy for Tuesday behind the storm. Lighter winds expected both days. Highs in the 30s on the mountain to near 40 degrees at the base.
Another storm moves into the Pacific NW Wed-Thu and again next weekend. They may only brush us with light snow, but some model runs show them possibly dipping farther south and bring us accumulating snowfall. We will update you on the forecast track over the next several days.
We may go into a drier pattern the week of the 21st.