A ridge of high pressure is parked off the coast keeping away the storms and providing us with plenty of sunshine through the beginning of next week. There is lots of snow up high to enjoy this weekend from the storms last weekend.
The last of the rain and snow is pushing through this morning. Snow levels were going up and down all night and dipped as low as the base briefly. Squaw picked up another 4 inches last night at high camp. That brings the total for the week to 46 inches and 132 inches for the season, which is 29% of the seasonal average already. Conditions on
The cold front blasted through a lot faster than expected yesterday morning and there was a sharp cut-off to the precip behind it. Squaw picked up another 10 inches in the past 24 hours at the summit bringing the storm total to 42 inches. We even picked up a few inches at the base.
The snow levels jumped overnight but are now falling as the heavy precip moves in this morning. It is snowing hard at the summit and it will be snowing all the way to the base by this afternoon. We could see another 1-2 feet of snow at the summit by tonight with several inches possible down to the base.
Another 20 inches fell on the mountain in the past 24 hours bringing the 3 day storm total to 32 inches. Squaw has now picked up over 118 inches at the summit for the season already, which is 26% of the annual average and it's not even Winter yet. It is still snowing lightly this morning above 6500 ft.
Snow levels have stayed pretty low so far with 80% of the mountain picking up accumulating snowfall. Another 6 inches overnight at high camp has brought the storm total to 12 inches so far.
We are seeing the snow already beginning to fall this morning on the mountain. We should see 3-6 inches of snow before the storm moves out tonight. We will have a brief break on Thursday before stronger storms arrive for the weekend.
A large area of low pressure will form in the Gulf of Alaska this week and will send the first wave of moisture into the West Coast Wednesday. This is a fast moving piece of energy that should drop a quick 3-6 inches of snow Wed-Wed night at the base with 6-9 inches possible up top.
The quiet weather pattern is going to continue for another 5 days or so. Plenty of cold air at night for snowmaking on the lower half of the mountain with inversions up top. We are still watching the storm for the first weekend of December.
Squaw Valley picked up two more inches of snow last night bringing the 4 day total to 25 inches of snow. That makes for a nice solid base of natural snow on the upper half of the mountain.