5 DAY POWDER FORECAST- END OF SEASON FUND DRIVE
Update March 29, 2018. PM
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Today featured decent powder along I-70 as snow showers increased overnight especially favoring Breckenridge and Loveland Ski areas. My original forecast was 3-5 inches. A few locations got me out of bed scrambling for my gear at 5AM with 7 inches on the snow cams at Breckenridge and Loveland Thursday morning. Moisture favored ski areas that do well with N-NW wind direction that skirted from Wyoming to Steamboat (6 inches Wednesday)) east over I-70 favoring resorts closer to the Divide and east of Vail Pass. I was a bit surprised to see 5 inches on the snow report at Aspen this morning. They do well with North winds that also favor Loveland. I suspect that winds blew more northerly at times last night but have had not time to research it. I hit Breckenridge early, nabbing the 3rd T-BAR for what I call a Spring bonus (Light density pow- 7-9 inches deep up top with some wind loading). I was surprisingly very good. It would have ruined my day if I fell off the TBAR especially on the last steep left curve towards the top (Snowboarder hell).
Below: Today at Breckenridge riding down from the T-BAR. (its a bit blurry)
Forecast: Snow is once again falling under NW flow Thursday as the last remaining instability Snow showers impacts the Divide this evening (Breckenridge may have seen another 3-4 inches since 3PM). These showers will dissipate in the next few hours Thursday night. I am not expecting additional accumulations.
The next 4 days features steady light snow for the northern Cascades (Mount Baker may be decent by Friday/Saturday), Whistler (3-6), Interior BC (Light to moderate), and interior Montana (5-10). For Montana, most snow will fall north or east of most ski areas. Expect light or moderate snow at the Montana Snowbowl Friday night into Saturday. Snow may pick up slightly early next week with a warming trend (Rain possible at the base). Heavier snow will be falling in the mountains east (Perhaps Discovery will score). The same cards apply to Whitefish where freshening will happen (Good quality) and colder temperatures (Heavier snow will fall east of the ski area or south towards Kalispell). Bridger and Big Sky see light snowfall through the weekend picking up Sunday night or Monday. Areas east towards Red Lodge Mountain will see higher amounts. They might score a surprise.
Below: Temps are colder as you head north and east Saturday morning. Whitefish is likely to stay in the cold sector where areas near Big Sky are a wildcard. Jackson and most of Utah and Colorado stay in the warm sector. The northern Cascades of Washington and BC will be cooler (4,000 foot snow level). The southern Cascades will be warm!
Wyoming grabs light snow above 8500 feet in the next 2-3 days. Snow may pick up with a warming trend Sunday/Monday with slightly heavier moisture noted on models. its possible that Monday delivers a refresh at the summits.
Colorado sits just south of the heaviest moisture through the weekend. Snow showers may pick up near Steamboat Sunday and swing east along the Colorado/Wyoming border. It’s possible areas near Grand County (Winter Park) sneak some snow showers Sunday that are unlikely to be significant. Monday night and Tuesday should feature a stronger band for many areas of the northern and central mountains (2-5). That will be updated as we get closer. Utah also gets into the picture on Monday with the same wave of generally light or moderate snow for the higher elevations of the Wasatch.
Below: Total snowfall through Monday morning favoring northeast Montana, Northern Cascades of Washington, interior BC and upper elevations of the Tetons (Above 8500 feet). No single epic deep dump! Continuous light to moderate-
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