[Forecast courtesy of Powderchasers]
DOWNGRADE FOR THE WASATCH! UPGRADE FOR SOUTHERN UTAH AND MOST OF THE FRONT RANGE NEAR DENVER
The Utah system that originally had hope is steadily falling apart as models are trending less moisture for the northern and central Wasatch. The southern mountains perhaps near Brian Head would be a good bet (6-12). Moisture is falling currently albeit light and warm keeping amounts near or above mid mountains of the Cottonwoods. It looks like 2-3 inches has fallen as of 4PM. Moisture continues tonight under North and NE flow (Not optimal for the Wasatch but good for the Uinta Range East of Park City). I expect another 3-5 inches tonight putting storm totals in the 5-8 inch range for the higher Cottonwoods. Resorts around Park City grab rain at lower and mid elevations with snow at the summits. Northern Wasatch might score 2-4 inches?
Colorado is still on tap for chases (If your local) for the San Juan Mountain range tonight. Models don’t show me anything worth a long term chase. I don’t expect any double digits tonight with generally 4-7 inches above 9,000 feet. Areas from Silverton to Purgatory are favored in this pattern of SW flow. Wolf Creek may also score a light or moderate teasing.
The real action is going to set up along the Front Range of Colorado late Friday and early Saturday!
Moderate to heavy snow will fall under deep upslope Friday night. Resorts in Summit County will likely see light snowfall begin late Friday morning. 3-6 inches is possible in Western Summit County through Friday night. NE winds may limit snowfall! Action turns to the Front Range Friday afternoon. The most likely odds for deep snow will be resorts closest to Denver or Boulder (Eldora, Winter Park, Loveland, and Berthoud Pass). I am personally leaning a bit towards Eldora. I suspect that someone is going to nail double digits for 1st chair Saturday!
– Powderchaser Steve