The place to have scored deep powder today was in Utah where 12-20 inches fell yesterday. Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Beaver Mountain, and both LCC and BCC scored well yesterday with some light snow into Saturday morning. The week ahead will tease Colorado primarily in the 4 corners Monday. The extended is wet and warm with some heavy cream at the summits of the Wasatch and perhaps the Tetons Tuesday-Wednesday. Aim for the higher elevations to stay out of the mank.
In Colorado, light snow may be falling in many mountain locations on Sunday with the heaviest in the 4 corners. It's a bit \Ho Hum\" in my opinion coming in on Saturday night and ending on Monday. Models show the heaviest moisture will fall during the daylight hours Sunday. Best guess on amounts is 4-6 inches at Telluride (Last chair Sunday), 5-9 at Wolf Creek and perhaps similar amounts near Silverton. There may be continued snow showers on Monday adding to the totals. For the Front Range, the highest amounts of snow I can find is East of the ski areas. One model shows a chance of a sneak up event for Loveland Pass which could see some light snow Sunday/Monday. Elsewhere in Colorado, my confidence is lacking for any chases.
The extended outlook brings heavy moisture (Rain at low and mid elevations) for Oregon Monday/Tuesday filtering into the northern Sierra. Temps will be very warm initially falling somewhat by Tuesday/Wednesday at the tail end of the moisture plume. The Wasatch will be favored with 700 MB temps (10K Feet) in the mid to upper 20's and base temps at 8,000 (Cottonwoods) at freezing or slightly above. Rain may be falling at the mid and lower canyons (Big and Little Cottonwood). Highest moisture will fall Tuesday PM to Wednesday. Creamy dreamy conditions will most likely exist late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Models pump just over 1/2 inch of moisture by Tuesday night. The models seem to carry more moisture to the northern Wasatch (May see higher amounts) but elevations will not help them (Base elevations are 1500 lower than the Cottonwoods).
Some of this snow will be headed for Colorado late Wednesday or Thursday (Quick hitter).
Other contenders for some dreamy creamy spring powder are the Tetons at upper elevations and southern Montana. The Tetons grab moderate amounts Tuesday/Wednesday with areas around Big Sky in the light or moderate range.
Yet, another wet and warm storm approaches the west in the mid to late week timeframe. On my next post, I will address a stormy period that may add to our snowpack in the 7-14 day forecast (April 9-11).