WINTER STORM UPDATE HANDCRAFTED FROM POWDERCHASERS.COM
Update 8, April, 2017 10 PM MST
Snow is ending in the Sierra this evening. Cold air is moving into the Wasatch with heavy snow falling over most mountain ranges from north to south (Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Park City, Solitude, Snowbird). Today I sampled a sneak up powder day over the northern Wasatch where good convection and a weak cold front brought a quick 4-7 inches of snowfall to Snowbasin and Powder Mountain (Good conditions up top) just before the lifts open (Empty slopes). Those are sometimes the best days to score Powder! The Tetons scored higher amounts today 7-10 inches with the highest amounts over Targhee. Rumors are that conditions were sloppy at lower elevations but really good smooth powder at the summits.
Below: Powderchaser Steve dropping into some untracked freshies at Snowbasin Resort. on my 2017/18 Never Summer Maverick. Powder Mountain saw similar conditions this morning with a sneak up powder day! Free Cat skiing also at Powder.
Continuous moderate to heavy snowfall continues over Utah with 5-9 inches from Park City and north to Snowbasin/Powder. The Cottonwoods just south of Salt lake should grab 8-14 inches. Light snow will continue into Sunday before ending by noon. The Tetons will see less than the Wasatch tonight but models show higher amounts through Sunday. Therefore if you are chasing, snow will pick up by morning in the Tetons and continue through Sunday evening. Lets estimate 2-5 tonight and perhaps 4-7 more Sunday (Tetons). Conditions will be good at most resorts along the spine from Utah to the Tetons.
Snow will also be falling over southern Montana. The best moisture will be found near Red Lodge or East.
Colorado that was a 30% wildcard still is not in the mix. Some light snow will be falling at most resorts north of I-70 Sunday. My best guess is 1-4 inches. Higher amounts could fall with the cold air near Steamboat (Watch the snow stake online).
The Sierra who scored 3-5 feet in the south will grab another storm mid week. This storm will have cold air and a moderate tap of moisture. Winter is not giving up in the Sierra. The Cascades stay in a cool and snow showery pattern (4500 foot snow levels that drop to 2500 by Monday). Mount Baker just exceeded 800 inches for the season! Additional multiple episodes of high elevations snow (3-5) will be occurring for the next several days. This will add up over the next several days.