For today, we have some clouds streaming in with the moisture plume to our northwest and some moisture streaming into CA to our south from the southern branch of the jet stream. We should see a mix of sun and clouds for most of the day with some gusty winds. Ridgetop winds gusting to 60+ mph. High temperatures in the 30s on the upper mountain and 40s at the base.
Monday Night – Tuesday Night Storm:
We may see light rain/snow showers reach the mountain by midnight, with the steadier snow holding off until Tuesday morning. Then the heaviest snow is expected during the day on Tuesday as the cold front moves through. We could see snow showers linger into Tuesday evening before ending Tuesday night. Ridgetop winds continuing to gust up to 60+ mph from the southwest Tuesday.
Snow levels could start above the base around 6500-7000 ft. Monday night, but then falling below the base Tuesday morning. Then colder air moves in behind the front Tuesday evening with the snow becoming drier. We could see 5-11 inches of new snow at the base, and 9-16 inches on the mountain by Wednesday morning.
We may see some clearing Wednesday morning with ridgetop winds still gusting to 50+ mph. Then we could see increasing clouds and snow showers returning by Wednesday afternoon as a weak system moves through, with snow showers into Wednesday evening. Highs only in the 20s on the mountain Wednesday and 30s at the base.
This system could bring an additional 1-3 inches of snow to the mountain.
We will see a drier pattern build in starting Thursday through the weekend. Expecting mostly sunny skies with highs in the 30s on the upper mountain and 40s at the base. We could see gusty northeast winds Thursday with gusts up to 40+ mph up top.
The long-range forecast models suggest we could start to see a pattern shift during the 2nd week of February, possibly opening the door to some colder systems moving down from the north from around the 10th – 16th. More on that as we get closer.