Snow has been falling for the past week on the mountains along the West Coast. Amounts have been light in California and several inches have fallen in the Cascades.
Light snow will continue to fall off and on into the weekend for the mountains along the West Coast with a moist onshore flow continuing off the Pacific. We are not expecting more than a light coating for the Sierra but further north the Cascades of Washington and Oregon could pick up several inches by the weekend.
The snow will come to an end for all areas by Saturday with mild air moving in ahead of storm headed for California. This storm will affect the entire Sierra range Saturday night through Monday. Snow levels will start high around 8000 ft. but then fall Sunday and Monday down to 6000-7000 ft. This will allow 1-2 feet of snow to accumulate on the mountains above 7000 ft. by Monday night.
There will be a short break for the entire West Coast Tuesday and Wednesday but it may be short-lived as an even bigger storm moves towards the West Coast the second half of next week. High elevation snows should begin in the Cascades and Sierra Thursday and Friday with lowering snow levels into the weekend.
Bryan Allegretto is a Weather Forecaster for OpenSnow.com.
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