The rain is changing to snow Saturday morning at the base with a coating so far and 3 inches of new snow being reported on the upper mountain as of 6 AM. That brings the 6-day snowfall total to 31 inches so far as the snow continues to fall!
The snow continues Saturday with the heaviest snow expected during the morning with afternoon showers ending by evening. Highs in the 30s. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 70-80+ mph in the morning and lowering to 50-60+ mph during the afternoon, likely closing some upper mountain lifts.
2-5 inches of snow are expected for the base and 5-9 inches of new snow on the mountain above 7000 ft. by Saturday evening.
Sunday – Monday:
We should see nicer weather for Easter Sunday as the sun comes out and highs warm into the 40s to near 50 degrees at the base. The dry weather should continue into Monday with mostly sunny skies, but with increasing winds and clouds throughout the day.
Breezy ridgetop winds gusting up to 40-50+ mph from the southwest Sunday. Then strong winds are for Monday ahead of the next storm with gusts from the southwest up to 100+ mph by afternoon, which should close some upper mountain lifts.
Monday Night – Tuesday Storm:
The next storm moves in later Monday night into Tuesday with more rain & snow. The showers Tuesday afternoon should clear out by evening. Highs into the 30s. Ridgetop winds gusting up to 100+ mph in the morning and falling to 60+ mph during the afternoon. That could close/delay some lifts for Monday.
Snow levels start out around 6500-7000 ft. Early Tuesday morning with some rain at the base. They could bottom out around 6000-6500 ft. which is right near the base again. So we may or may not change to snow at the base Tuesday or see a mix.
With a mix at the base, we could see 0-3 inches of new snow, with 3-8 inches on the mountain above 7000 ft. by Tuesday evening.
We could see a break into Wednesday afternoon before another storm moves in by Wednesday night and this storm could last into Friday. This slow-moving storm could bring a decent amount of snow, possibly measured in feet. We will be watching the trends and will fine-tune the forecast on potential snowfall amounts and timing over the next few days as we get closer.
We could see a drier pattern return starting Saturday the 23rd into the week of the 25th, and then maybe a slightly unsettled pattern setting up the last few days of the month.