After two weeks of heavy snow in Washington and Oregon, the storm track will shift south and bring multiple feet of powder to California through the weekend.
The first storm will drop up to a foot of snow from Tahoe south to Mammoth on Wednesday night into Thursday. Thursday will be a powder day, which is long overdue for patient southern California skiers who have had little to look forward to this season.
After a brief break on Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, the next storm will spread heavy snow over the California mountains on Friday and Friday night. Last chair on Friday or first chair on Saturday might be the best time to ski powder, with another foot of snow possible in Tahoe and likely more than that for Mammoth and other southern California ski areas.
As we end the weekend and move into next week, the storm track is forecasted to move back north, targeting Washington, Oregon and potentially northern California as well. Many feet of snow could fall for this region during the first week of March. Yes, this is a bit far out for details, but the trend is in the right direction.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.