The mountain received an additional 3 inches of snow in the past 24 hours bringing the 6-day total to 78 inches or over 6 feet!
High pressure builds in over CA Friday into Saturday with mostly sunny skies through Sunday. Highs into the 30s and near 40 degrees at the base. Lighter winds through Saturday, and then Sunday southwest winds increase with gusts up to 60+ mph up top, which could affect some upper mountain lifts.
Monday – Tuesday:
Next week the forecast models are still struggling with the timing and details of the storms. But the good news is that the storm door is open as another deep trough digs down over the West Coast.
Low-pressure will be spinning off the coast directing a plume of moisture at northern CA by Monday night, but with the southerly flow and position of the trough, the precipitation looks to stay to our West through Monday night, and possibly Tuesday day as well. So we may just see a dry and windy day with some clouds both days. A better chance for some sun Monday. Southerly winds could gust up to 70+ mph up top, possibly affecting some upper mountain lifts.
Tuesday Night – Wednesday Storm:
By Tuesday night into Wednesday night, the storm could push into the Sierra with rain and snow. The forecast models are all over the place with total precipitation totals through Wednesday night. Snow levels could stay just above the base through Wednesday night. Taking the average of the latest model runs, we could see 10-20+ inches on the mountain above 7000 feet by Thursday morning, and possibly rain or a mix at the base.
We will be tracking this storm closely with better details on timing and the potential snowfall amounts as we get closer.
The storm door looks to stay open, with another storm possible for next Thursday into Christmas Eve, and another storm possible for Christmas day into the 26th. These storms look colder.
More storms could continue to move into northern CA through the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details on each as they get closer!