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POWDER ALERT- CO, WY, UT, MT, - Rockies score with New England a big winner for Tuesday/Wednesday.

It's dumping in New England with up to 18 inches being reported at Wachusett and 17 inches at Hunter Mountain. Heavy snow will continue in northern New England Tuesday. The Sierra storm is weakening while the Rockies get several periods of snowfall this week.

The storm that dragged up the coast in New England is clearing out for southern zones with generally 10-20 inches being reported for southern New England (MA, CT, NY) and 5-10 inches for many ski areas for south/central Vermont and New Hampshire. Here are a few very impressive snow totals.

Kissing Bridge Ski Area- New York.  22 inches 

Wachusett-MA 18 inches 

Hunter-NY. 17 inches

Mohawk-CT 15 inches 

I have personally skied at all of these ski areas except Kissing Bridge and assume many folks will be pointing it straight down the hill today. I wonder if anyone will be on Fat Skis? Has anyone reading this post been to Kissing bridge? Please send us a comment. 

As mentioned in the forecast on Monday, lower amounts fell for the North Conway Region. A secondary low-pressure system has pushed north of Long Island and will focus significant snowfall for north/central Maine Tuesday into Wednesday. Storm Ski Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and even northern Vermont get into the action for powder late Tuesday and Wednesday (Jay Peak, Stowe, northern Greens). The highest totals will likely come from northern Maine (12 inches plus for Sugarloaf). Wrap-around moisture will spill west hopefully providing more snow for Sunday River (Moderate amounts). 

Below: High-Resolution Model showing additional snowfall for New England favoring north/central Maine and even Vermont-New Hampshire. Some very significant totals are likely for Maine by late Tuesday night. 


For the west, storminess continues for the PNW with a cooling trend. Baker had another 7-10 inches with temps falling from 32 to the mid 20's Tuesday morning. Light snow pushes south. The Sierra looks a bit warm to chase, however, will get 5-10 inches Tuesday AM/PM favoring the Lake Tahoe Region. 

For the Rockies, there are several waves of energy moving in on Wednesday/Saturday. The first wave hits the Wasatch, Tetons, and southern Montana (Big Sky) Wednesday. The models show snow beginning up north after midnight (Montana, Wyoming) and through the Wasatch at 4 AM. Snow reports Wednesday might range from 3-7 inches for Montana and Wyoming with lower amounts in Utah. Snow will continue to fall during the day Wednesday with a wind shift to the NW. This could cause some uptick for Targhee and certainly for Utah. Currently, the models show a general range of 5-10 inches for most areas by late Wednesday. NW flow will likely enhance totals for the Cottonwoods with light orographic snow showers continuing into the evening. This might bump totals up to the 7-15 inch range by late Wednesday night or Thursday morning. 

Bottom Line: Not the best timing with low overnight totals, but respectable amounts for mid-morning up north or last chair further south. Most likely chase worthy but it might come down to a last-minute decision. Storm Ski on Wednesday. Colorado is just getting the goods by mid morning. 

Below: Cold Front approaching Colorado Wednesday night with decent moisture on the models.  Utah and Wyoming will continue to see snow showers post-frontal (NW flow). 


For Colorado, high optimism for several powder days. Wednesday is warm, with dense snow during the day and light to moderate amounts (2-5). Snow intensifies Wednesday night favoring the north/central mountains. Models depict 6-12 inches for many of the Ski Areas. Higher amounts are possible near Aspen or western Eagle County (Beaver Creek, Vail) and Steamboat.  Respectable totals will also fall at Crested Butte (Models are bullish) and Telluride (NW Flow is a bonus for them). Even the Southern San Juan Range will benefit from this storm albeit totals are likely to be less

Bottom Line:  Thursday will be a Powder Day for Colorado with a wide choice of deep powder. Pay attention to the snow cameras late Wednesday to Thursday

Below: Total snowfall through Saturday morning for Colorado. High confidence for 12-20 inches with isolated higher amounts for many Ski Areas. These models might be slightly underdone, as colder temps will produce higher snow ratios than shown. The peak snowfall periods are late Wednesday to Thursday morning and again late Thursday into Friday. Some snow will continue on Saturday. These totals are through Saturday. 


A secondary front should approach the Rockies Thursday night into Friday. This system is likely going to favor southern Montana, the Tetons, and north/central Colorado. Some areas might see another 5-10 inches of cold smoke powder.

Follow @powderchasersteve on Instagram (Travel, Powder, Adventure). 

Enjoy the powder everyone! 


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