The Monday system will bring in colder air and gusty winds. Expect some possible upper mountain lift closures as west winds gust up to 70+ mph. High temperatures drop into the 30s at the base and 20s up top.
A few snow showers are possible Monday afternoon and evening. Only expecting enough for a dusting up to an inch of snow on the mountain at best.
Tuesday – Wednesday:
Tuesday into Wednesday the sun returns and the winds come down for Tuesday. But it stays cold with highs in the 30s. Wednesday the winds begin to crank back up by afternoon ahead of the next storm. Southwest winds gusting up to 60+ mph up top could affect some upper mountain lifts by Wednesday afternoon.
Winds crank up to over 100 mph over the ridgetops Thursday so expect some lift closures. The moisture is forecast to reach the Tahoe Basin Thursday morning and continue through Thursday night, then clearing Friday morning. Snow levels may start out just below the base and fall below 2000 ft. Thursday night. Highs in the 30s at the base and 20s up top.
The storm could start with thicker snow Thursday that turns powdery with the snow showers behind the moisture stream Thursday night. The latest model runs show enough precipitation for 14-22 inches of new snow at the base and 19-28 inches on the mountain with this storm by Friday morning.
Friday the sun should come out and the winds come down with gusts up to 30+ mph up top. It’s cold with highs only in the 20s on the mountain to near 30 degrees at the base. It should be a great powder day!
Another storm is still on track to move in between Saturday afternoon-evening and continue into Sunday. This system could also tap additional moisture off of the Pacific. Currently, the amounts look to be slightly less than the Thursday storm, but it could still be another decent shot of new snow with another 1-2 feet possible if the current model runs hold.
Ridgetop winds will increase again on Saturday with strong gusts likely and potential upper mountain lift closures. Heavy snow is likely into Sunday with the winds coming down. Stay tuned for more updates all week.
The long-range models suggest that the storm track could shift north the week of the 5th but it may stay fairly cold. Then they suggest that the storm track could return to CA around the 10th through mid-December.