Breckenridge Ski Area delivered with 8-9 inches of “blower” this morning. Rain in Denver, wet snow at lower elevations and surprisingly dry snow on top gave me a long needed morning of Faceshots before the sun bake set in. You can thank the nearly 13,000 foot summit elevation that Breckenridge offers and remember that spring skiing can at some locations feel like mid winter if you hit it early. The West is under very warm air currently, sunny skies, and migrates to a more active pattern beginning in the Sierra late Thursday with light snow. The models have backed off on moisture totals (3-6). The Sierra once again suffers a teaser storm.
Rain and very high elevation snow will nag the Cascades Thursday-Saturday (Some heavy rain at the bases near Baker), and turn colder and snowier by Saturday/Sunday. A cold front quickly moves through Saturday morning bringing a chance for moderate snow to the Cascades and Idaho for the weekend. Northern CA/and Oregon will do well this event. A wet pattern continues over the Cascades next week with warmer temps and showers likely (High elevation snow).
The Wasatch and Tetons will see several waves of light snow beginning Thursday night through the weekend (Slightly stronger on Saturday) with fairly mild temperatures. A stronger system will move in Sunday/Monday bringing cooler temperatures and a good chance of moderate snow. The models show some discrepancy with hint that moisture might favor the southern sections of Utah. The cold air gets hung up on the Wyoming/Montana border so Sunday/Monday may show some decent powder in the Tetons and Bozeman area. Too early to predict for the Wasatch but hopeful!
Colorado shows the most hope for deep snow on Monday night/Tuesday/and Wednesday as a well defined cold front in Wyoming drops into the northern mountains and front range. The coldest air stays to the north so expect heavy density snow early with a trend towards medium density by late Tuesday. Summit county might reap the rewards again? Powder Watch will likely be issued for many mountains from I-70 North in Colorado next week especially Tuesday/Wednesday.
Keep winter alive!
Powderchaser Steve (PCS).