The big news is that the snow drought is finally over for Tahoe. While the storm that moved through on December 3rd and 4th was not the monster snow producer that locals were hoping for, it did coat the Tahoe basin with 4-10 inches of snow. More importantly, another storm is on the heels of the first storm, and this second system will likely produce more snow than the first.
The path of this second storm takes it over the Pacific Ocean, so it’ll be able to pick up additional moisture. When this moisture is forced to rise by the Sierra Nevada mountains, it’ll fall as snow with potentially 10-15 inches for many areas Friday night into Saturday.
Further north around Washington, expect dry weather for the rest of this week, the weekend and early next week. This is OK, though, because these mountains are coming off a storm that produced 1-2 FEET of snow earlier this week, and because there is a LOT of snow in the longer range forecast. It appears that the storm door will open around December 11th with lots of precipitation for the following week.
Let's hope this mid-month outlook pans out!
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.