The First snow of the season took a few off guard yesterday in Colorado as a quick hitting storm brought 1-3 inches of snow to many peaks above 10,000 feet. In my mind, the first snow is always special as memories of white quickly fill the brain with euphoric moments and thoughts that “winter is really coming”. Temperatures this week will rebound to above average and the Aspen Trees will be in peak colors in many areas of the Rockies. The good news is that more moisture is in the long range models for next week so keep reading!
Long Range Powder Charts
In running some of the weather models there appears to be a good chance of moisture impacting the Wasatch, Colorado’s Rockies, and even up towards the Tetons by Tuesday/Wednesday of next week (sept 25,26) Some of this will fall as high mountain snow and primarily rain at mid and lower elevations. The Pacific Northwest sees a migration to onshore flow by the following weekend (September 28-30) where a cold front brings in a good chance of rain and perhaps highest elevation snow to areas from Crystal and North towards BC. The bulk of the moisture will be in northern WA, and into southern Canada.
Long Range Winter 2012
As we stated in previous posts it is likely we are going to see a weak El Nino through January primarily bringing more snow to Southern resorts in California, Arizona, New Mexido, Colorado, and Utah (Brian Head) with near normal snowfall to slightly below into the central Rockies of Colorado, Tahoe, and Utah’s southern Wasatch range. The East Coast stands to see decent snow this year over the Mid Atlantic Region and as far north as Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Areas in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest might see a below average season however El Nino weakens into late January/February shifting the patterns further north which should give them a boost as well as the Central Rockies.
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