EPIC ALERT-CA, ID, WY,UT,CO,NV
EPIC ALERTS HOISTED FOR AMOUNTS OF SNOWFALL IN THE WEST THIS WEEK HOWEVER QUALITY WILL BE A MIXED BAG IMPROVING AS THE WEEK GOES ON!
“There is so much snow in the West right now (Rain in the Sierra currently that will change back to snow Sunday night) that I am forced to shorten and bullet a few areas for the next 2-4 days”
I am on the chase so will shorten my text to the White Room bullet points:
Sunday– Decent 3-7 inches for the Tetons– Cool temperatures -decent snow quality and warming late in the day. 7-14 inches for the Wasatch mountains north of I-80 (Cool temperatures early warming by mid morning and and mixed precipitation possible by 11 AM at the bases. I might chase to Beaver, Powder, or Snowbasin in the morning but need to pay attention to temps. 6-11 inches for the Wasatch mountains south of Interstate 80 warming early AM with some rain in Park City and mixed precipitation at pass levels in the Cottonwoods. Light to moderate snow above 8,000 feet in isolated areas of Colorado (Silverton, Crested Butte, Steamboat). Rain snow mix for the Sierra turning back to all snow by Monday morning with colder temps. Oregon Cascades and central Idaho all get a 6-10 foot dump by late Sunday and early Monday (Last chair Sunday-first chair Monday). Sierra– 2-3 feet above 9500 feet (Rain at the bases-strong winds)
Monday– SIgnificant snowfall for the Tetons first chair (Another 9-16) with high water density and windy (Lift delays likely with cooling trend and dense snow lower layers and decent quality upper). Significant snowfall for the Wasatch first chair (9-16 additional) cooling temps. Storm ski day late AM through Tuesday in Colorado under westerly flow (9-12 by late afternoon) impacting most areas (Favorites might include Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Breckenridge, Monarch,Crested Butte- wildcard who all do well under westerly flow but snowing statewide). Sierra: Cooling trend with moderate snow to lake level by late in the day (Might have a glimmer of hope for low level pow). Central and northern Idaho is ramping up totals of 5-10 through the day. Oregon and southern WA Cascades grab 5-10. Montana also grabs some fresh.
Tuesday-Decent dumpage occurring again in the Oregon Cascades (4-8) Central or northern Idaho, Tetons, Wasatch, central and northern Colorado- cooler temps and moist westerly flow (Moderate to heavy amounts in most areas with cold front stalled over the Wasatch, Tetons, and northern Colorado- good quality and deep in spots. Sierra AM cooling with snowfall (Low elevations) turning warmer by PM with increase in intensity and several feet likely above 9,000 feet into Wednesday. Sierra may see 3-5 additional feet through Thursday with a cooling trend and better quality late in the period (Thursday brings much colder temps and good low elevations snowfall).
Extended: Snow continues in the Sierra Thursday (Low elevation dump) as well as for many spots of the northern Rockies. There appears to be a break on Friday?
Pay attention to updates this week as with so much going on your not going to get skunked but you might get the unplanned road or lift closure, 3-4 hour delay, or all the frustrations that go with powder chasing. Remember that AVY danger will be extreme in many areas so don’t venture out into the backcountry unless you have the experience regardless of how tempting those upper peaks look! Remember, if you mess up your not going to get another chance to ride powder! “Know before you go”
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