POWDER ALERT UPDATE- CASCADES AND NEW ENGLAND.
Update 3/7/17 PM
If you going to chase head to New England tonight or Seattle with decent amounts in both locations. Some of you have asked where to chase in New England tomorrow. Models are favoring southern Vermont with central areas getting a decent share and less up north towards Burlington. Expect 11-16 inches in southern Vermont, 9-14 central and 5-10 northern areas. We are bullish for the White Mountains of New Hampshire just west of Conway extending into western Maine. They may exceed these amounts. Sugarloaf should score decent amounts that extend into mid day Friday (Slightly later on the storm totals). Some additional snow will fall in New England Friday night favoring northern Maine and Vermont. The Green Mountains may see an additional 3-6 inches for Saturday morning (Stowe-Jay). It will be tough to get skunked so wherever you end up will see good turns for Friday morning.
Here is a look at snow totals through Friday night. Ultimately amounts will be higher the further east and south you travel. The 19 inches in NH may be Mount Washington who will see even higher amounts with the colder temps (25-30 inches). I am still bullish for areas in central and southern NH. You can’t get skunked here.
In the Pacific Northwest it’s an even spread of 10-17 inches between Thursday morning and Friday. Some snow will fall Thursday (3-6) with additional snow after the lifts close (7-11). Heaviest amounts will most likely be Baker or Crystal. I’m a bit confused on who will ultimately see the highest amounts. Winds favor Baker initially (SW plus cooler temps) and turn west or NW late (Crystal can do well with NW and Stevens and Snowqualmie does well with West). The Bad: Warmish temps with snow levels at the bases for most resorts will start out wet and continue warm until late Thursday night or just after midnight Friday. The Good: Cooling Friday with lower density on top of the dense. The wildcard is how much moisture falls with the cooler temps late Thursday night. Northern areas or Stevens Pass will see cooler temps than Crystal (Caveat: Crystal has a higher elevations summit).
Areas north of Sandpoint Idaho will see 5-10 inches at the summits. They appear to stay in a slightly cooler flow than areas south towards I-90. The central Panhandle should do well at upper elevations. (wet snow).
Below: Total snowfall for the PNW favoring WA Cascades with lighter amounts in Oregon. Even spread in WA with a gamble on who reaps the deepest. Aim for higher base areas or further north where temps are cooler.
The Rockies get leftovers by Friday/Saturday, especially the Tetons. I see 2-4 inches Friday and another 2-5 inches Friday night. 6-9 inches are possible by late Saturday. Late Friday or early Saturday could provide some freshening in the Tetons. No early AM double digits.
The extended forecast has me on my toes! There will be significant snow falling in the Sierra at times as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. It looks like several feet are likely into late next week. More on this storm with a detailed forecast. That system may bring back deep snow for the Wasatch and Tetons by next weekend. Its too far out for any confidence.
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