SNOW AND COLDER TEMPS FINALLY REACH THE ROCKIES INCLUDING COLORADO
Good morning from Copenhagen Denmark where I am posting this morning at 1AM MST. While I can’t chase powder, I can still live vicariously with those out there attempting to find anything cold or deep. Its been a struggle as cold air has teased the ski areas of the west setting up just east of most resorts in the past few days. Its been a wild ride from 41 degrees at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, moderate to heavy wet cream at the summits and slightly colder air north into Montana. My chase envoy was in position at Discovery Mountain Montana yesterday morning who nabbed a foot of powder by the end of Sunday. This snowcam looks far more impressive than it was in the morning with 6 inches on the stake as of 6AM MST. (Thats a burial for Discovery) and sitting at 30 degrees. It was 15-20 degrees colder just to the East.
Below: Snowtel as of 1:16PM Denmark Time (My posting location) Sunday morning at Discovery Mountain Montana. It looks deeper on the pic with just 6 inches however we heard it climbed to 12 by the close of the day.
Models show decent snow continuing in that area including the Montana Snowbowl who may pick up several more inches this morning.
My confidence for deep snow is increasing for Colorado while moderate snow will continue in the Tetons today. Temperatures just dropped around midnight Sunday at both Jackson and Targhee with a solid burst of 2-3 inches in the past few hours at the summits (Storm total is 10-15 at the summit with 0 inches at the base). Better quality will fall today with light to moderate amounts (3-5 additional) even at mid and lower elevations.
I am still less confident for Big Sky than Bridger with most moisture aiming north or slightly east of those areas. It’s possible Bridger score 4-8 additional while Big Sky nabs another 2-4. Wet snow fell at Whitefish yesterday (3-6) and another 6 inches has fallen since the lifts closed on Sunday (Automated data as of 1AM). Temps have remained warm so snow quality was wet on Sunday but will improve for Monday at Whitefish (Light amounts). I have friends signed up at Great Northern Powder Guides located just north of Whitefish. That could be decent early this week!
Meanwhile in Colorado where just about every skier from the front range is glued to the news for snowfall. Moderate to heavy snow will break out at the upper elevations of the northern mountains (Steamboat is favored at the summit) on Monday. Snow will increase early Monday afternoon as it drops over the I-70 corridor and spreads snow into most of north-central Colorado. Expect a wide area of 5-10 inches with the upper amounts likely at the summit of Steamboat, Vail, Breckenridge, and areas just north of I-70 (Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park). Snow will drop into Aspen and to a lesser degree in Crested Butte and the northern San Juans. Its possible Snowmass or Highlands report double digits by Tuesday morning. Northern areas may score last chair powder chases Monday while most of the I-70 corridor score Tuesday morning (Most snow will have ended or turned showery).
Most of the snowfall in Colorado will peak Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. There may be a short window of intense precipitation as the cold front moves through late Monday night (Cooling trend and improving quality).
Below: Total snowfall in Colorado from Monday-Tuesday (5-10 inches from Aspen to the -70 corridor and north)
The Cascades who have nabbed significant liquid precipitation (Rain in the past few day) will migrate back to snow on Monday. Its possible that mid and upper elevations of the central or northern Cascades nab 5-10 inches through Tuesday morning. Aim for Baker by late today. Stevens is a wildcard. Its going to powder on top of snow mank.
In the extended forecast a decent cold front may drop into BC, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado late in the week. Expect a good chance of snow late week into the weekend. This deserves watching.
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