Weather Forecast

Holiday Weekend Forecast, 11/26/2015 – 11/29/2015:

From Dan Tackett, Sugar Bowl National Ski Patrol Meteorologist Extraordinaire

Updated Wednesday, November 25th, 10:55 am


After mild weekend conditions, the weather took a big turn on Tuesday.  Last week at this time, the scheduled cold, low pressure trough was expected, but the track of the system wasn’t a sure thing.  If it took a more inland route, accumulations would be light. However, the system hugged the coastline and was able to pick-up additional moisture and drop it Tuesday mid-morning through the afternoon.  Overnight, the scattered snow showers due to the low pressure trough continued and added a few more inches.  According to the resort, 12-20 inches have accumulated so far.  Snow showers are continuing today as the low pressure trough slowly moves into Northern Nevada.  Another 2-4 inches could be added to the total by Wednesday evening.

The new snow will be very welcomed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  Last year at this time, jogging shorts were still in order.  The area of low pressure that’s now in Nevada will be hanging around through Saturday.  Currently, it’s unable to be pushed eastward due to a blocking high pressure ridge to our west.  Thanks to the proximity of the low, temperatures will remain cool through the weekend and snow showers will be coming and going.  For Thanksgiving Day, the low pressure system will be just out of reach, bringing partly to mostly cloudy conditions with only a chance of flurries or light snow showers.  No accumulations are expected.  Morning temperatures will be all the down into the upper single digits to mid teens, and rise into the 20s during the afternoon.  Easterly ridge winds may kick up to 30 mph, adding to the chill.

The low pressure center nudges closer on Friday to bring a better chance of snow showers.  Very little, if any, accumulations are expected during the day, but an inch or 2 could accumulate overnight.  Snow shower chances continue on Saturday with perhaps an additional inch.  Low temperatures generally in the teens, highs in the 20s.

The offshore blocking high pressure ridge breaks down on Sunday to allow the area of low pressure to push eastward.  Other than possible morning flurries, little activity is expected.  Temperatures begin to slightly moderate during the day with highs in the mid 20s to low 30s. The models are attempting to bring a weather system into Northern California late Monday or Tuesday.  However, they’re undecided on how aggressively it will move into the Northern Sierra.  Accumulations are possible, but it’s too early to determine amounts.  The system won’t be a as cold, but snow levels are expected to remain below the resort.

Holiday Weekend Forecast for 11/26/2015-11/29/2015:
Partly to mostly cloudy on Thanksgiving Day.  A chance of flurries or light snow showers with no accumulations expected.  Lows in the upper single digits to mid teens, highs in the upper teens to mid 20s.  Easterly winds to 15 mph, to 30 mph on the ridges.

Mostly cloudy on Friday with occasional to scattered snow showers.  Lows in the teens, highs in the 20s.  Easterly ridge winds to 20 mph.

Mostly cloudy on Saturday with occasional to scattered snow showers.  Up to an inch of new accumulation at sunrise and another possible inch during the day.  Lows in the teens, highs in the 20s.

Partly cloudy on Sunday with possible morning flurries.  Lows in the teens to low 20s, highs in the mid 20s to low 30s.

Holiday Weekend Travel Weather:
As of 10:30 am on Wednesday, chains are still required on I-80.  That could lead to slow travel on Wednesday afternoon as today’s snow showers linger into the afternoon.  Better travel conditions are expected on Thanksgiving Day.  Increasing snow showers on Friday afternoon through Saturday morning may hamper roads a bit.  Sunday is expected to have no weather related road problems.

Possible snow around Tuesday.

Have a Great Weekend,

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