20 INCHES AT WOLF CREEK! SNOW CONTINUING FOR THE SIERRA, CASCADES AND ROCKIES
Taking a quick look at the telemetry from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for Wolf Creek Summit, it appears that 15-22 inches has fallen primarily from late Wednesday to early Thursday. Whoever gets first chair this morning will be waist deep. Snow will continue Thursday albeit lighter intensity. As we forecasted, much lower amounts fell to the west where Telluride is in the 2-4 inch range (Still snowing lightly). Hello New Mexico! Taos has 5 inches on the snow report this morning.
A 2nd system rolls into Colorado early Friday pushing further north. It’s relatively weak, however steady light snow should continue for most of Colorado through Saturday early morning (1st chair Saturday or last chair Friday will deliver some refreshening). Westerly winds could favor Crested Butte through Saturday morning where moderate amounts are possible Friday- Friday PM. Aspen and Telluride may also play a good wildcards. Most moisture will focus further west and south (Powderhorn may score). The I-70 corridor including Summit County should land 3-6 inches Friday-Saturday. NWS has most snow falling early Friday while our best guess is later in the day through Saturday morning (Last Chair Friday or 1st chair Saturday). The southern mountains near Wolf Creek will continue to see light snow.
The Sierra will grab a decent cold storm beginning Thursday and continuing into early Friday morning. Chase north on Thursday and grab last chair at Squaw or Sugar Bowl and be rewarded with 3-7 inches. Additional snow will fall Thursday evening (Total snowfall in the Sierra will be 9-12 inches by Friday morning). The southern Sierra will see heavier snow begin late Thursday morning and continue into Friday. It’s possible that Friday 1st chair at Mammoth deliver your best odds of double digits. Chase from north to south and be rewarded twice.
In Utah short chases are suggested on Friday where 3-7 inches is likely at the upper elevations of many mountains by afternoon (Snow will be falling early AM Friday through afternoon). The Cottonwoods will see the higher end of the range. Don’t expect much on the snow report early Friday.
The Pacific Northwest gets active this weekend with a moderate to heavy storm due early Saturday (After Midnight) and again on Sunday. Most action will be tapering on Monday. Stevens Pass may end up with the highest amounts followed by Crystal. The spread is pretty equal amidst the Washington Cascades. The Oregon Cascades will grab significant snow through the period. Most moisture from WA drops south and favors Oregon where 2-3 feet will fall through Monday.
The extended continues to bring moderate waves of snow to the west. Idaho looks good for Saturday (West flow over Brundage) with leftovers aimed at the Tetons. Late this weekend heavier snow may be in the cards for Idaho including Sun Valley with SW flow pushing moisture into Ketchum on Monday. Heavy amounts of 1-2 feet are likely over many spots of Idaho through late Monday. The Panhandle of Idaho into most of central or southern Montana should also fare well with the leftovers still aimed at the Tetons late this weekend. Many areas get deep early next week.