Dry and mild weather with valley haze remains through the work week. Colder temps and mountains snowfall return this weekend!
Everything still on track… We stay dry for the next few days with slightly inverted conditions and some valley haze. Things start to change on Friday as a storm system approaches from the west. This system is slow moving and tapping plenty of moisture, so Tahoe area is going to get battered with 2-3 feet in the higher elevations. They desperately need it!
For us in Utah, the storm should start sometime Friday night. The details right now are vague, but that’s the best timing we have so far. Snow will continue through the day on Saturday. This system is colder than others we’ve seen and snow levels should not be an issue with snow falling perhaps as low as the valley floors. Unfortunately, the storm will have lost some of its punch as it progresses inland and encounters high pressure. I’m still concerned it will split to some degree as well. Here is the current QPF for the area through Sunday:
You can see how Tahoe gets hammered but we are left with mostly scraps. Still, in this scenario the storm would likely be good for up to a foot of weekend powder, and we’ll take what we can get.
Currently models agree that we’ll dry out and get inverted for a few days early next week. Some model runs have shown other systems moving in by middle of next week while other models keep us high and dry. All storm systems have to overcome this massive ridging to our east that is shunting all energy away. For right now we’ll have to just watch and hope that a consistent storm cycle can break through.