It looks like we’ll have one more weekend of spring-like skiing before winter returns to the Sierras. Look for snow to return starting Tuesday.
Forecast courtesy of Sugarbowl:
Saturday: Mostly sunny with just a few high clouds. Lows in the 20s to near 30, highs in the 40s to near 50. Afternoon west to southwest ridge winds to 15 mph, to 40 mph on the ridges.
Sunday: Partly cloudy as a low pressure trough develops off the Northern California coast. Lows in the 20s to low 30s, highs in the 40s. West to southwest winds to 20 mph, to 50 mph on the ridges.
Precipitation begins in earnest Monday night and continues through Tuesday as moisture pushing ahead of a cold front moves into Northern California . Snow levels may begin near 7000 feet, but should lower below that relatively quickly. The snow will be relatively wet through Tuesday. At this time, 10-20 inches are expected through Tuesday evening. The timing of the storm and the lowering of snow levels will determine how much will accumulate before dawn. Temperatures falling during the day on Tuesday into the 20s to near 30. Southwest winds will be gusty on the ridges.
A cold front will move through on Wednesday to drop temperatures and bring more fluff to the snow. Several more inches are possible in the colder, unstable air on Wednesday. Temperatures falling into the teens to low 20s.
A break is possible on Thursday with a cold storm expected around Friday.