Report From Powderchasers
Sunday morning update as models are trending for less snow for the Sierra and higher confidence for moderate snowfall for a wide area of ski areas from the Cascades, through Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and perhaps a tease in northern New Mexico mid week.
The Cascades are still in the wet zone with rain falling at most locations. Whistler has had snow levels near the summit with a” strong cold front that will increase the pow factor to about mid mountain or lower Sunday/Monday. Cold Air will filter into the WA and Oregon Cascades this upcoming week with what we feel will be our first chances of snow to the base area through Thursday.” Amounts in Oregon may be higher than Washington (Several periods of light to moderate snow through the week). A stronger system might hit the Cascades and BC late next week but models are unclear currently. Late week numbers in the Cascades could hit the Alert according to snow totals on the latest models! The Sierra might even get into the action late week?
The Pow factor for the Sierra is weaning for the next storm on tap for next Wednesday. Cold air will be in place with a snow kicking up late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Amounts are not impressive but certainly expect colder air (Good for snowmaking), and some light snow. The Buzz factor for deep pow is low. Consider this a teaser.
The cold air will be pushing over Central Idaho, Tetons, Wasatch, southern Montana, and most of Colorado late Wednesday-Thursday. “I think everyone is in the game for the Rockies” with the best chase points being Brundage (Central Idaho), and perhaps southern Montana. The Wasatch might pull some surprises as well. Amounts? Best guess at this point is 5-10 for Brundage, 4-8 for the Wasatch, 5-9 (Bridger, Big Sky) 4-7 Tetons, and a wide area of 3-6 for Colorado (Northern areas near Steamboat or perhaps Vail Pass might see higher amounts). Whats to like: High confidence of snowfall and low elevation accumulations in many areas of the Rockies. The Cascades start out with teasers that may migrate to heavier snow late in the week? The Bad: Amounts may not tip the scales of a powder alert in the Rockies but it get close in some areas of Idaho or Montana with the Wasatch on Watch (Lake effect might kick in).