POWDER ALERT-CASCADES- STORM RECAP OF THE PAST 48 HOURS WITH GOOD SNOWFALL OVER MUCH OF THE WEST INCLUDING COLORADO AND UTAH. 6 FEET FELL AT THE SUMMIT OF MAMMOTH!
The last storm system was nearly perfect in many ways for the West. Heavy snow first fell over the Pacific Northwest dropping south into the Sierra before swooping east over much of the Rockies. The Sierra had some impressive snow totals with 30-40 inches at Mount Rose and Mammoth reporting 2-6 feet. Consider the 6 foot total as a summit measurement and which most resorts don’t publish so taking the middle ground Mammoth scored 4 feet of powder perhaps near or slightly above mid mountain. Utah scored a solid foot at most areas with higher amounts in the Cottonwoods. Deer Valley is reporting 10 inches and Park City is reporting 0 which I assume is an error due to early season (Not open). Most resorts are posting snow totals online. Looking at telemetry online it’s possible PCMR scored similar amounts as DV but I have no official reports.
The system performed much as forecasted by making everyone jealous if you live in the Tetons (Opening day at Targhee was epic) where another 6 inches fell during the day Friday (15 inch storm totals). Powderchasers was on 2nd chair beat out by the folks in front that arrived at 3AM camping out on lawn chairs. Kudos to them!
Warning! This pic will make you jealous from Grand Targhee yesterday- Powderchasers long range forecaster “Luke Stone” is in the White Room.
Colorado was next with SW, W, NW wind directions producing snow at nearly every ski area Statewide. A wide area of 5-10 inches will be found at most resorts this morning. Higher amounts appear to be the ones we forecasted at Beaver Creek, and Breckenridge (Good with West winds) where Crested Butte underperformed slightly with only 7-10 inches (Too many wind shifts and eventually NW which shuts off snowfall to that area).
POWDER ALERT has been hoisted for 9-14 inches of snow expected to reach the Cascades as early as Sunday mid morning. Models show snow breaking out over the north Cascades mid Sunday (Mount Baker) before swinging south later in the afternoon. Mid or last chair at Baker should prove to be your best chase Sunday. First chair at Stevens, Alpental, or Crystal Monday should prove chase worthy Monday (8-12). Snow levels are going to be near or slightly below the bases. Whistler will also benefit nicely with 9-15 inches of snowfall Sunday.
The Good: Moderate dump primarily Sunday PM/Monday AM. The Bad: Moderate snow levels with dense snow at the bases and medium density up top. Warming after this storm!
The Panhandle of Idaho will benefit late Sunday night/Monday with 6-11 inches of snow (Schweitzer will score).
Warming will occur in the Cascades after Monday with models cranking out rain for most areas Tuesday-Thursday. The Rockies get some teasing (Tetons and perhaps Colorado) Mid week with light snow. Colder air returns after Thanksgiving providing a chance of light or moderate snow for the Cascades extending into the Rockies for next weekend.
Below: Post Turkey Day might bring some snow back to the northern Rockies late next week! A Teaser may bring a light freshening from the Tetons into Colorado Wednesday with more moderate snowfall possible next Saturday.
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