UPDATED FORECAST- UTAH AND COLORADO- END OF APRIL MIGHT END WITH A SLAM DUNK POWDER DAY
Light snow grazed resorts along and north of Interstate 70 yesterday with most resorts in Colorado reporting 2-4 inches. Winter Park nabbed 4 while Vail nabbed 2 to freshen things up for the next storm on tap tonight through Friday PM.
Quick update: Models are still on track for a fast moving cold front to swing through northern Utah this evening. Light snow will be falling this afternoon at the summits of most of the mountains near Salt Lake (High snow levels). Colder air brings the snow levels below the bases of the Cottonwoods this evening. “Its a fast moving system with some NW flow behind the initial band of moisture” NW flow should keep snow showers going tonight with limited moisture to tap. I expect AM Friday reports at Snowbird to be 3-6 inches (mostly overnight). Brighton will report less (Likes SW flow).
Colorado will earn higher amounts with tricky picks! Confidence is high for 5-10 inches in Rocky Mountain National Park including the higher elevations of Longs Peak (6-14). Rain will be falling along the front range this afternoon with light snow in the mountains. Whats limiting snowfall tonight is SW and SE wind this evening. Sometimes Breckenridge can sneak up with SW winds! Moderate moisture will be falling east of the divide early this evening. Moderate moisture is also noted west of Eagle and into northern areas from Rifle to Rabbit Ears Pass (these areas could sneak up some decent amounts). Winds shift to the NW behind the initial surge of moisture this evening. Snow will pick up from Vail Pass through Grand County along and north of Interstate 70 Friday morning before daybreak. I suspect most ski areas will be
reporting 2-4 inches. Snow will continue into Friday with another 2-4 inches likely during the day. It’s possible that by noon Friday some spots will have totals of 4-8 inches. I am most bullish for Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat (Snow might be less north and west towards Steamboat), Vail (Reaps with NW flow), Winter Park and Loveland. Areas in Rocky Mountain National Park and north of Boulder (Highest peaks) will grab higher amounts. Its possible that a ski area might see the high end of this forecast by late Friday.
Snow showers continue into Saturday morning (1-3 additional).
EXTENDED POWDER BUZZ
I have been talking about next week for the past 7 days. Models have continued to gain confidence of a very wet pattern. I am seeing a light to moderate event for northern Rockies early next week (Includes Utah and Colorado) with hints at a moderate to high end event late Wednesday into Thursday! NW and westerly flow could land some decent snow totals next week with below normal temperatures.
Below: Ensembles for next Thursday April 27
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