BC NABS 100 CM OR MORE OF SNOW IN 24 HOURS! FRESHIES ARE FLYING IN THE ROCKIES WITH ADDITIONAL SYSTEMS ALL WEEK
Summary. 1/21/18. PM REPORT
I chased from Baker (18 inches yesterday) to Whistler where over 2-3 feet of pow fell overnight. Snow continues this week in the northwest migrating a decent dump over the Sierra mid to late week and a good tease for the Rockies by Friday
Short Term Forecast
I am on the chase so this forecast will stay short and sweet. The Wasatch nabbed up to 20 inches in the Cottonwoods (I forecasted 11-18) with decent NW flow that is still landing some light snow at Alta. The Park City mountains fared well with 16 inches. The real winner was Whistler where over 75CM fell in just 15 hours bringing all lifts to a complete halt this morning (150KM Gust). Nothing loaded until approximately 10AM and terrain was limited. Baker scored another 18 inches last night bringing snow totals to almost 4 feet this week. The PNW is going off and will continue to reap several feet of snow in the next 5 days.
Below: Snow cam at Whistler this morning (All overnight snow).
Tonight will stay unsettled over Whistler with another 9-15 inches tonight and Monday (Environment Canada called for 4-8 last night and another 3-5 tonight). Winds will be moderate through Monday so its possible they open upper peak terrain on Monday but additional snowfall will make it a gamble. Tuesday shows a break in the action before more heavy snow moves in to close out the week.
The Cascades bring decent snow tonight and Monday into northern and central areas. Mount Baker will nab another 6-10 inches tonight with 1-3 Monday morning. Stevens is a contender from looking at the most recent model trends (NOAA has very little snow for them in the forecast). Its possible that Stevens nab 5-7 tonight and 1-3 on Monday. Crystal is a wildcard. If your chasing, Baker is a clear winner including Whistler but its possible the central Cascades near Stevens and even Crystal offer some surprises. If you want an experience chase right now to Mount Washington Ski area on Vancouver Island that remained closed today (100 CM in 24 hours).
Snow decreases over Whistler somewhat Monday afternoon and Tuesday (Break) so any terrain that does not open Monday may pop on Tuesday.
Another decent system moves into the Cascades on Tuesday night/Wednesday with slightly rising snow levels and moderate or heavy snowfall. Idaho reaps deep rewards in the central portions of the State (Brundage and Tamarack may score) by Wednesday/Thursday. That system will provide a foot or more of snow for the Sierra on Thursday before pushing into the Rockies late in the week. The Tetons can expect several periods of light to occasional moderate snowfall from the middle to the end of this week. The Wasatch may score a moderate dump on Friday as moisture weakens moving east out of the Sierra Thursday night.
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