Squaw Valley - The Spring Skiing Capital
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We saw some high elevation snow yesterday from the weaker part of the system that moved through. Overnight snow levels fell with the colder and slightly wetter part of the storm. We have reports of several inches of snow as of 5 a.m. on the 6 a.m. ski resort reports.
It is still snowing this morning as the front clears the area. So it's possible we could add a couple more inches on some of the mountains for the report tomorrow. So no finals with comparison yet. This storm puts the ski resorts at 162% of average snowfall for the season combined. The 10/11 season ended up at 166% combined, so still a little short.
You can see that a few ski resorts closed as of Monday. Several more will close this upcoming weekend. It's not for lack of snow. Many of them close for reasons of lack of traffic, expensive insurance extension, lease terms with the forest service, etc. There are several mountains that will continue to operate well into the Spring, and there is plenty of snow to do so.
We clear out by this afternoon with a cool day and highs in the 40's. Then for Wednesday the sun returns and highs warm into the 50's.
Wednesday night into Thursday a cold trough but weak will dip into Northern CA. That could bring us 1-3 inches of snow on the mountains with snow levels dropping near lake level. That will bring highs in the 40's again for Thursday.
Starting Friday high pressure builds in bringing lots of sun and highs in the 60's this weekend into Monday. So get out the sunscreen and get ready for the goggle tans.
There is the chance of another cold and weak trough to move through next Tuesday bringing light snow and cooler temps. It appears after that we could return to another extended dry period.
There is always a chance for snow in May, so we will continue to watch the extended model runs.
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