A much quieter week is in store for the Cascades after most of the ski resorts picked up over 2 feet of snow over the past week. From Southern Washington state down to Southern California the weather will be dry through Tuesday as a large area of high pressure sits over the West and off the West Coast.
Northern Washington may see a little light snow Thursday and again Sunday but only enough to dust the mountains with a fresh coat of white.
The next storm is slated to move in into the Pacific Northwest Tuesday night into Wednesday. It will be encountering the back side of the departing ridge of high pressure so it will be weakening as it comes inland. We could see several inches of snow in the Cascades with amounts lessening as you go South. The Northern Sierra may only pick up a dusting of snow on the Southern end.
A colder and wetter storm looks to dig further down the West Coast next Thursday into Friday. This one will have a better potential to bring accumulating snow to the mountains up and down the West Coast. California has had a lull in the snowstorms over the last 3 weeks so the snow will be a welcome sight for California skiers.
Bryan Allegretto is a Weather Forecaster for OpenSnow.com.