Snow is finally falling again in the Tahoe area after a dry October and much of November. Three waves of storminess will affect the area through Thursday, with total accumulations pushing a foot at higher elevations. Later this week and over the weekend, the action will move to southern California where 1-2 feet of snow is possible. The same cut-off storm that will bring snow to the southern Rockies will swirl over southern California, and this should produce lots of precipitation with varying snow levels from Thursday through Saturday.
Once the storm moves away this weekend, it looks like the next chance for snow for the west coast will be with another cut-off storm later during the Thanksgiving week. These cut-off storms are separated from the main west-to-east flow of weather, so they are hard to predict and move very slowly. At this point, the weather forecasting models are showing potential snow from Tahoe south to Mammoth right around Thanksgiving Day, but I’m sure the forecast will change the storm gets closer, so check back next week to see what’s in store.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.