POWDER ALERT FOR WASHINGTON/OREGON, MODERATE SNOW FOR UTAH/COLORADO

POWDER ALERT FOR WASHINGTON/OREGON, MODERATE SNOW FOR UTAH/COLORADO

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POWDER ALERT FOR WASHINGTON/OREGON, MODERATE SNOW FOR UTAH/COLORADO

Report From : Powderchasers

Summary: The first major storm of the week has delivered huge totals in the Tetons, British Columbia, Alberta and Washington. Mount Norquay and Nakiska just opened for the season! Temperatures were a little warmer than forecast in Tahoe so the totals there are lower than we had hoped. As the last bits of energy from this storm deliver some moderate snow to Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado, the next major storm is beginning to impact the Pacific Northwest. This storm will move inland and bring some additional light to moderate snow to the rockies. Major storm number 3 will begin to impact Northern California and the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday evening.

Short Term Forecast

Washington/Oregon:

The central and southern cascades will see heavy snow tonight through tomorrow evening. Expect a general 8-16″ by the end of the day tomorrow at Crystal, Stevens Pass, Snoqualimie, Hood, and Bachelor. There could be some accumulating snow down to a few hundred feet above sea level with this one! You can see the snow pile up quickly in the high resolution HRRR model forecast below.

(image courtesy of Tropical Tidbits)

 

Utah:

Snow is already underway in Northern Utah. I was up near Beaver Mountain this afternoon where 6-8″ had already accumulated. My pup Noodle had a great time playing in the snow. Beaver can expect another 3-6″ while the cottonwoods should see 5-10″.

Colorado:

Northern Colorado is in the best position to see significant snowfall from the remnants of this storm. The models show significant precipitation but with unfavorable winds Steamboat should wind up with 5-10″.

Wyoming:

After receiving more than 2 FEET the last few days, the remnants of the first major storm will provide a few more inches to the Tetons before the next storm brings another 3-6″ on Monday.

Long Term Pow:

Storm number 3 will move into the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday evening, bringing heavy snow to the cascades once again. This storm will not feature the same pool of cold Canadian air so snow levels will be higher. The most moisture will once again line up West to East, stretching from the Cascades to the Northern Rockies. You can see the storm moving in off the PNW below.

(image courtesy of Tropical Tidbits)

Significant moisture is aimed at Northern California as well, but with warmer air it is too early to nail down the potential for heavy snowfall accumulations. Expect another update early this week with more details and forecast snow totals. The models are picking up on another possible storm for next weekend!

 

– Powderchaser Luke – 04 NOV 2017

 

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