POWDER ALERT FOR MANY STATES IN THE WEST – OREGON, IDAHO, MONTANA – UTAH/WYOMING WILD CARDS
Deep snow has been falling across the west for the past two days. The Washington Cascades, northern Idaho, interior British Columbia, and Montana have all seen anywhere from 1-3+ FEET with the highest totals at Stevens Pass. Tonight through Thursday will see the heavy snow shift to Oregon, with additional snow in Montana and Idaho, then migrating to Utah and Colorado. Even the Sierra gets into the action with a wide area of 4-7 inches at upper elevations (Further north will see the highest amounts).
Here is the full burial up at Stevens Pass today! Photo: Powderchaser Steve
SHORT TERM FORECAST BY STATES IN THE HIGHLIGHTS
1-2 feet will fall over the next 24 hours in most of the cascades in Oregon as the cold front sags southward, wrapping up Wednesday evening. Most of the snow will fall overnight so first chair at many resorts in Oregon should be deep on Thursday.
The northern panhandle of Idaho, Schweitzer specifically, saw about 10″ during the day today (Tuesday), following a few inches overnight. The snow will continue Tuesday night with another 4-8″ by Wednesday morning. Moderate to heavy snow will shift into central and southern Idaho. Lookout Pass grabs freshies as well as Brundage. The snow should wrap up on Wednesday evening.
Montana has also seen very heavy snow over the last few days, and it will continue into Wednesday. Whitefish, Blacktail, and Montana Snowbowl will see moderate to heavy additional snow, with lesser amounts for Big Sky and Red Lodge through Wednesday morning.
The moisture will then slide down into the Tetons where moderate to heavy snow will fall during Wednesday. Expect 4-8″ to fall tonight and Wednesday. I wouldn’t expect too much overnight but it should get deeper during the day. Perhaps storm ski or grab last chair for the deepest amounts.
By Wednesday evening, the moisture will be moving over northern Utah.as the cold front continues to slide south east. By midday Thursday, Beaver Mountain and the Cottonwoods should see 4-8″. The heaviest moisture will focus on central and southern Utah though. Its possible the Cottonwoods could sneak out higher amounts.
Early Thursday morning the snow will begin to fall in Colorado. Expect a general 3-6″ to fall during the day on Thursday across most resorts. Its likely snow will fall a bit longer in the northern San Juan range (Silverton may score) as well as Crested Butte, Irwin Lodge and Aspen (Wildcard). Winds shift to the north late in the period Thursday where it’s possible that Telluride scores some decent powder (Like northerly wind direction).
Another cold front drops down from Canada just before Christmas Eve. This appears to bring a return of light or moderate snow to Montana onThursday. The Tetons may deliver a moderate surprise (Cold- Low density fluff) Friday into Saturday. Its a quick mover but with cold air and a 18 hour period of light snow this may offer a moderate surprise. Utah gets grazed with most leftovers aimed at Colorado for Saturday. Resorts in Colorado that will be favored may end up close to the Front Range of Denver along or north of I-70 (Light or moderate amounts). After this weekend the pattern will quiet down. Temperatures over much of the West will remain well below normal. The pattern begins to look active again around the end of the month/New Year’s. The long range ensembles show January to trend wetter in the West.
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