A large area of low pressure has been pushing its way into the Pacific Northwest since yesterday. This storm is carrying a lot of cold air and dropping snow levels down to 1000 ft. up along the the Pacific NW coast. The storm will progress South and East today bringing more snow to the Northern Rockies and the Sierra. There will be lots of early season fresh powder out there today and tomorrow.
Looking at all of the areas that are getting hit and will get hit the amounts vary so let’s run through a few featured areas. Snow continues to fall today in the cascades with Snoqualmie, WA expecting a storm total of 5-10 inches by this evening. Mt. Hood, OR is expecting to pick up another 6-10 inches on top of whatever fell overnight.
In the Northern Rockies Sun Valley, ID should pick up another 2-4 inches bringing their storm totals to around 12-16 inches. Jackson, WY will add 10-20 inches today on top of what fell overnight and they are expecting rates of 1-2 inches per hour. Big Sky, MT should pick up around 12-18 inches by the time the storm ends on Saturday.
The snow will move into Northern Utah and the Sierra during the day today. Park City, UT should pick up a total of around 10-15 inches of snow by Satuday afternoon. In the Sierra, Lake Tahoe should pick up around 4-8 inches of new snow by Saturday morning. Further South the storm is going to brush areas like Mammoth and Colorado so they are only expected to pick up a few inches from this one.
This is a cold storm so all of the areas getting snow will have light fluffy powder on the ground. With the La Nina in place for this Winter these are the same areas that should pick up big snows all Winter long. We have another storm on tap in these same areas for Thanksgiving and another one right behind that for next weekend. These storms should bring several more feet to the Sierra, Cascades, and Northern Rockies over the next 2 weeks. BA