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By Mike Korotkin, Meteorologist Posted 4 months ago October 25, 2023

October Snow

Summary

A quick taste of winter comes through today, Wednesday through tonight. A little bit of snow and much colder air will come through on Wednesday and the cold temps will last into the weekend. But Fall returns by next week with mostly dry conditions expected...

Short Term Forecast

Wednesday Snow...

It's been about 3 weeks since my last post. I mentioned that either we could start getting wintery and snowy weather sooner in October or that it was just a tease and that we'd see Indian Summer conditions. Well, winter mostly decided to hold off and we had an Indian Summer through most of October. 

I'm sure all of us appreciated the calmer and drier weather after how long and hard last winter was. Here we are in the end of October though and winter is trying to get started once again. Is this just a tease again or will we really see more storms going into the beginning of November? Time will tell on that one, but for now we have a little snow to get through. 

We have a weak system coming through to our North. The models have been waffling back and forth on the amount of moisture with this system and the final consensus this morning is that it's not likely to bring more than an inch or 2 to our region. 

Winds will be strong today, Wednesday into tonight with 70+ MPH gusts out of the West Southwest. Temps will be dropping all day from the 40's into the 30's and then 20's overnight. Snow levels should start in the 8K to 9K range and drop into the 7K Foot range by early Thursday morning. 

This system will not be significant for us but we could get measurable snow at Main Lodge. I'm expecting anywhere between a dusting to 2 inches across the mountain. 

Thursday - Weekend 

The models have backed off on any idea that we'll see more precip over the weekend. It will be much colder through Sunday with highs in the low 30's and upper 20's. We will likely see mostly sunny skies and some stronger winds over the weekend in the 30 - 40 MPH range. It will definitely start to feel like winter. 

But precip chances will stay low. If that changes I'll let you know. 

Extended Forecast

The models generally suggest a drier and much warmer final several days of October. We could see temps in the mid to upper 40's and maybe even hit 50 degrees by Monday. 

There is some suggestion that we could see some brush by systems that will be impacting the Pacific Northwest by next Friday November 3rd. That's still quite a ways out and is subject to change. The overall trend shows more limited precip chances going into the first week of November. There's a good chance we could see stronger storms by the middle of November... but we'll take it one week at a time. 

As we get to November 1st I'll be posting more frequently and likely every day! 

Till the next one... Mike out. 

About Our Forecaster

Mike Korotkin

Meteorologist

Mike graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Atmospheric Science and received his Masters in Atmospheric Science at the University of Nevada Reno. He grew up in Southern California by the beach, but quickly realized he loved the mountains, so his first memories were of the SoCal mountains where he saw snow for the first time. He started skiing in his 20’s and is now an avid skier and backpacker at locations up and down the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

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