The cold front blasted through a lot faster than expected yesterday morning and there was a sharp cut-off to the precip behind it. Squaw picked up another 10 inches in the past 24 hours at the summit bringing the storm total to 42 inches. We even picked up a few inches at the base.
The snow levels jumped overnight but are now falling as the heavy precip moves in this morning. It is snowing hard at the summit and it will be snowing all the way to the base by this afternoon. We could see another 1-2 feet of snow at the summit by tonight with several inches possible down to the base.
Another 20 inches fell on the mountain in the past 24 hours bringing the 3 day storm total to 32 inches. Squaw has now picked up over 118 inches at the summit for the season already, which is 26% of the annual average and it's not even Winter yet. It is still snowing lightly this morning above 6500 ft.
Snow levels have stayed pretty low so far with 80% of the mountain picking up accumulating snowfall. Another 6 inches overnight at high camp has brought the storm total to 12 inches so far.
We are seeing the snow already beginning to fall this morning on the mountain. We should see 3-6 inches of snow before the storm moves out tonight. We will have a brief break on Thursday before stronger storms arrive for the weekend.
A large area of low pressure will form in the Gulf of Alaska this week and will send the first wave of moisture into the West Coast Wednesday. This is a fast moving piece of energy that should drop a quick 3-6 inches of snow Wed-Wed night at the base with 6-9 inches possible up top.
The quiet weather pattern is going to continue for another 5 days or so. Plenty of cold air at night for snowmaking on the lower half of the mountain with inversions up top. We are still watching the storm for the first weekend of December.
Squaw Valley picked up two more inches of snow last night bringing the 4 day total to 25 inches of snow. That makes for a nice solid base of natural snow on the upper half of the mountain.
We will see another quick shot of high elevation snow tonight lingering into Wednesday morning from a cold front that nudges toward the region. The snow levels will be around 6500-7000 ft.
We saw 5 inches of snow at the summit Friday night into Saturday and another 10 inches last night bringing the storm total to 15 inches as of this morning. We picked up 8 inches at the base. The picture above was taken at 7500 ft. today which is 700 ft. below high camp. (photo courtesy of tahoemountainreport.com)