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Snow Returns To The West Late Week. Alberta/BC Scores Midweek

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Our pesky low that has been sitting over the 4 corners for the past 4-5 days is still bringing a few light snow showers to New Mexico (30 inch-4 day storm totals for a few areas west of Santa Fe). It seems the highest ski area totals came for smaller resorts in the west over the past 4-5 days (Eldora near Boulder-35-40 inches and Pajarito near Los Alamos). 

The next 7 days should offer a few possible chase options for both Canada and areas of the west. 

By midweek low pressure noted in central Canada pushes moisture on its backside west towards Alberta and the interior of BC. Cold air is noted primarily on the Alberta/BC border bringing decent quality powder to Banff, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise Ski areas. Expect snowfall to peak Wednesday/Thursday (8-12 inches). Further west, BC resorts will see warmer conditions (Snow levels 4500) with 4-8 inches possible towards Revelstoke. We would suggest chasing further east towards the Alberta border. 

Below: Snowfall filling in along the BC/Alberta border from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. Snow will extend into western BC towards Revy and Kicking Horse as well as the southern areas of closest to the Alberta border. Temps are colder in Alberta with a cold front confined to these areas. Snow is also noted for northern Montana near GNP (Decent totals) with less to the west at Whitefish. Light snow is also noted for southern Montana and the Tetons. 

Below: High pressure midweek over the west with a low in central Canada pushing some powder towards the interior of BC and along the Alberta border (Wed-Thursday). An approaching low is noted in the Pacific that will enter the Sierra Friday night and the Rockies for Saturday PM/Sunday. 

An approaching low pressure system will bring snowfall back to the west by the weekend. 

Below: Map is from Saturday AM to Monday night. Snowfall increases over the PNW (Washington), and Sierra ranges extending into the Wasatch, Tetons and Colorado. 

The Sierra storm starts out warm (Snow levels 7-8K) but gradually improves quality by Saturday midday with temps dropping (6K). Saturday and Sunday could offer some decent turns. It is a bit early to forecast totals, but at this point we are going with 7-12 at upper elevations and 2-4 at the bases. 

Below. U of U ensembles based only on 1 model (GFS) show a possible scenario for Alta of near 12 inches by Sunday (Too far out for confidence). Temps start out with snow levels near 7-8K and drop below 6000 by Sunday morning. 

 Below: Low pressure noted to rapidly move into the core of the central Rockies by Sunday as it departs the Sierra. We have decent confidence of some future low end  powder alerts for the weekend (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico).

Below: Looking further out towards week #2 March 27 there is another low that will likely swing into the Sierra Range. We should see a relatively busy end to the month in the west. High pressure is noted to fill in for early April as the jet pushes any moisture north towards the PNW or Canada. 


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