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It will be interesting to see how much snow Kirkwood has in the morning. It has looked like this the last few hours.
Squaw announced today they have moved up their closing date to this Sunday 4/21, and Alpine's to Sunday the 28th. That means all ski resorts will be closed after Sunday, and then Alpine will reopen for the weekend of the 26th.
From this morning:
Woke up to some light snow and a coating on the ground. Mt. Rose is reporting an inch overnight. We are running out of ski resorts to report after quite a few closed yesterday.
We will have cold air in place through Wednesday. We may not even get out of the 30's at lake level today and Tuesday. There is a weak cold front that moved in overnight and is stalled across the region. That is producing some light snow showers on the mountains, but more over Reno than Tahoe.
Tonight a wave will rotate inland bringing some steadier snow showers. We could see an inch at lake level and 1-3 inches on the mountains. The snow showers could last through Tuesday morning.
Wedenesday we will still be cool but we will begin to warm as the trough moves East. Highs will be back into the 50's by Thursday and 60's by Friday.
Looking at the long-range models it looks like that may be it for April. Only 4 ski resorts still open. Squaw, Alpine, Mt. Rose, and Kirkwood. Kirkwood and Mt. Rose will close the 21st, and then Squaw the following weekend.
I'll still be posting after the ski resorts close if any snow looks like it may move in. Then over the summer I usually post once in a while on things we are watching for the upcoming season. BA
The GFS model is now slower with the trough moving through Monday and Tuesday like the Euro. The cold front will approach tonight and move through in the morning hours. We should see light snowfall with the frong and then light snow showers could last into Tuesday morning.
We are going to have a couple of cold days ahead as the cold trough and light snow showers sit over us. We could see an inch or two of snow Monday, Mon. night, and again Tuesday on the mountains. Total snowfall of 3-6 inches possible on the mountains. We should even see some flakes at lake level with a dusting possible in spots Monday night.
On Wednesday the trough slide East and we warm up and dry out. Then Spring sets in for good. It looks like we will stay dry through the 28th which should wrap up the ski season. We will look forward to a better year next year. BA
No big changes to the forecast over the past few days. The forecast models have been very consistent with their handling of the system for Monday.
We will have gusty winds all weekend with gusts around 40 mph on the ridge tops. The temps will be in the 40's above 8000 ft. so it may be a little cold up there with the higher winds.
Sunday night into Monday morning a cold front will push through. Highs on Monday and Tuesday will only be in the 30's and 40's. We should see some light snow on Monday with the front. 1-3 inches possible on the mountains and even some flakes at lake level.
The trough moves East Wednesday and the ridge returns bringing back warmer weather for about a week. New in the past 24 hours is that the GFS now shows another cold trough around the 24th with some snow possible with it. We'll have to watch that.
It looks like mostly Spring for the rest of the month but with a couple shots of Winter thrown in. BA
Not too many changes to the forecast today. We saw some light rain showers this morning as a weak cold front moved through. Mt. Rose reported an inch of snow from that bringing their total for the week to 7 inches. The temps today will be slightly cooler in the mid 50's.
We will warm back into the 60's Friday and Saturday. Then on Sunday a stronger cold front will be pushing down the West Coast and will arrive Sunday night. That will be followed buy a few days of colder weather with highs only in the 40's to start next week.
The GFS is further East with the front and trough, and quicker to move it out next week. It brings a dusting to a couple of inches on the mountains Monday. The European models have consistently been slower and further West with the trough. That would keep the snow showers around Monday and Tuesday with 3-6 inches of snow possible on the mountain tops over the 2 days. It will be cold enough to see snow down to lake level with a dusting possible at night.
After the trough shifts out by next Thursday we will see a return to Spring weather. The long-range models show the ridge anchoring off the coast and keeping us dry through the end of the month. Still time to take a road trip North as the Pacific NW continues to get all the snow. BA