The Unofficial POW: 3 Storms Will Hit The Western USA Over The Next 5 Days

The Unofficial POW: 3 Storms Will Hit The Western USA Over The Next 5 Days

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The Unofficial POW: 3 Storms Will Hit The Western USA Over The Next 5 Days

Storms backing up in the Pacific | Image (+Cover): NOAA

[Forecast courtesy of Powderchasers]

Short Term Forecast:

Snow will continue in northern Utah today with freezing levels dropping to 6,000 feet. It’s currently snowing lightly in the town of Park City (Have not seen that for several weeks). Light to moderate snow will continue above 7000 feet today should bring another 3-5 inches into the Cottonwoods by last chair today. Its worth a short term chase but coming from a distance is a wildcard (Depends how desperate you are). Total snowfall from last night into late today will be 6-9 inches at upper peaks of the Cottonwoods.

Colorado grabs the snowfall beginning late this morning in the San Juans including western areas towards Powderhorn Ski Area and Grand Junction. NOAA has various watches and warnings up for most of the mountains tonight. I still see variability in where the heaviest snow is going to fall. This mornings models showed a good fetch of West/Northwest Flow over the northern part of the State and Southwest flow over the south. By Friday morning the winds are northerly. This should translate to moderate snow from Beaver Creek, Aspen, Snowmass through the Front Range. I’m only seeing 3-6 inches for those areas. Beaver Creek who likes Westerly flow could come up higher as well as perhaps Aspen if we get lucky. Amounts will be highest at the upper peaks with relatively high snow levels and virtually non existent in town. The San Juans will grab light to moderate snowfall through midnight tonight (3-6) so last chair today or 1st chair tomorrow might be worth a short chase. With so many wind shifts all mountains in the San Juans get action but amounts may not tip the scales at any single spot. I have low confidence on any single deep dump.

The Front Range models shift moisture quickly through Summit County tonight and over the Palmer Divide south of Denver by Friday morning. Amounts could be noteworthy over the Divide near Denver. My confidence on the ski areas tonight is 70% for resorts closest to Denver along I-70 (Loveland, A Basin, Keystone) where 4-8 inches or more may fall. My confidence for other resorts in Summit are lower (2-5). Winds will be from the north Friday morning with impacts likely at upper elevations (Wind impacted cream with some fluff on top). Some wind closures are possible Friday morning. Higher snow totals may be found on your drive up to the mountains near Georgetown. NOAA has higher amounts for all the ski areas so lets hope they are right!

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