Mostly sunny cold for Sunday and then dry with temperatures warming a bit through Wednesday. A cooldown for Thanksgiving. No storms are on the horizon yet through the end of the month.
Sunday Morning Quarterback:
We saw bands of heavier rain move through Saturday into Saturday night. But the temperatures held with snow levels above 8000 ft. right up until the cold front moved through around 9-10 PM. and then they fell quickly below lake level as the precipitation tapered behind the front.
Also, the cold front was not as impressive with the precipitation amounts Saturday evening as the models were showing.
That means it only snowed briefly for most areas below 8000 ft. Looking at the webcams this morning it looks like a coating to an inch in spots around the lake, which is what we expected for lake level. But also the same up near 7000 ft., where we thought we could see 2-9 inches of snow, and we saw a coating up to 2 inches of snow at best it looks like.
Above 8000 ft. we had wet snow most of the day but didn't get the colder snow at the end with the front. I had a forecast for 4-12 inches of snow. Looking at the snowfall sensors near 8000 ft. at Palisades and Kirkwood, they are showing 4 and 7 inches of new snow respectively. Here is a look at the upper mountain at Palisades Tahoe this morning.
We'll have to see if we get any reports from the mountains this morning, but I expect any above 8k to be in that range, and any reports from below 8k' to be pretty miniscule. I'll update this post later today with any additional snowfall reports.
The Week Ahead:
We are going back into a dry pattern, possibly through the end of the month and into early December.
We will start out cold on Sunday with highs only in the 30s for the lower elevations near lake level. Colder nights will be good for snowmaking behind the storm. Then it warms into the 40s on Monday and 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A cold front on Thanksgiving will bring in some colder air with highs dropping into the 30s to near 40 degrees at lake level through Thanksgiving weekend. Then likely moderating some the last few days of the month.
We'll continue to watch for any signs of an active pattern returning. My posts will likely space out to every other day if the weather looks to remain quiet for a while. Enjoy your Sunday!