Its currently snowing in the Pacific Northwest with 7-15 inches likely in some spots by Sunday morning. New England gets it's first tease in some time Saturday night into Sunday (4-8) while Utah is digging out from extreme wind and deep powder. Many lifts were closed in Utah on Friday (Winds) so it's a repeat chase albeit quality may be lacking. The extended brings a midweek storm to the Rockies.
Forecasting in the past few days has proved tricky. I mentioned chasing to Taos and Wolf Creek for Friday with conflicting model data. Both areas saw 11 inches plus in the past 48 hours. That was inline with my forecast. Winds kept some terrain on hold for Taos on Friday. The I-70 corridor was not highlighted in my forecast with the exception of perhaps Aspen who had 8 inches at Highlands on Friday. Most of the I-70 corridor came inline with my forecast (3-7). The Wasatch over performed my forecast with 17 inches at Park City (5-11 forecasted), and 16 inches for the Cottonwoods (5-11 forecasted). In the Sierra totals came in as forecasted in the 11-18 inch range. Look to ski terrain on Saturday that was closed on Friday.
Snow will continue in the Pacific Northwest with slowly warming temps (Snow levels are creeping up to 3500 on Saturday). For Saturday morning the southern Cascades and northern areas are winning with 5-7 inches at Crystal and 8-9 inches at Baker. Chase south or north Saturday. Chase north on Sunday where Baker will continue to reap some rewards. Whistler will also do well in the next 24 hours (17 inches reported in the past 48 hours). Baker will stay slightly cooler Saturday night as temps continue to warm.
Meanwhile New England gets a broad hit of 4-8 inches Saturday night into Sunday morning. I like the overnight spectrum! Below is a map of the snow totals for Sunday morning (Wide area of chase opportunity)
There is a significant warm up for the Pacific Northwest Monday/Tuesday (Snow levels going to 7,000 feet). Cooler temps will be found in the interior Cascades. I am watching a quick moving but potent system moving into the PNW, Sierra, and most of the north/central Rockies for midweek. This system may bring moderate or perhaps heavy snowfall at some point in the late Tuesday or Wednesday timeframe. More to follow on a future post.
Below: Ensembles showing a moderate trough moving into the Pacific Northwest and a broad area of the Rockies in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe. This may also impact the Sierra.
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