Clouds are already moving onshore this morning ahead of the cold front that will push snow into the basin tonight into Tuesday. The winds will pick up this afternoon and will be gusty on the mountain into Tuesday. This system does not have that much precip. The latest forecast model runs show enough liquid with this system to bring 3-6 inches of snow to the mountain. Temperatures will only be in the 30's Tuesday.
Wednesday the ridge shifts closer to the coast and the storm track shifts to our North. That doesn't last long as the jet stream and cold trough dig further South into CA by Friday. This system has more precip associated with it. The snowfall isn't expected to be significant for Winter standards, but could be for late April standards. The latest model runs show 6-12 inches of snow possible on the mountain Friday into Saturday morning.
The models are still split on what happens with the 2nd system next weekend. The GFS continues to show the ridge building in and the system going to our North. The European and Canadian models show the 2nd system bringing several more inches of snow to the mountain Sunday. Going with the majority for now and thinking that Friday through Sunday is a snowy period.
The climate models show that we could see some moisture around the first week of May, but with warmer temps. The long-range of the GFS shows a dry and warm pattern after next weekend.