Powder Watch: Rockies Wednesday - Friday

Powder Watch: Rockies Wednesday - Friday

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Powder Watch: Rockies Wednesday - Friday

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RIDER Julian Tracy grabs deep wet snow at the top of Stevens Pass Ski Area September 30th

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October 1st Powder Day!  YES!  The Cascades picked up 2-3 feet and Crystal Mountain opened up for just 75 folks. Reports and the photo sent in from Stevens Pass show the goods (18 inches at the top of Stevens).   More storms are going to slam the Rockies by the middle to end of this week.

POWDER WATCH:   Cold front slides down into Montana on Wednesday bringing good moisture mainly nearBozeman by late in the day. This moves south Wednesday night into Thursday impacting the Tetons and Wasatch into Thursday afternoon.  This will be the coldest storm of the season with levels dropping to most valley locations by late Thursday. Wind direction will favor areas north of the Tetons (Yellowstone) and through central Wyoming and eventually into Colorado on Friday.   The Wasatch will see lake effect snow squalls on Thursday with snow in the higher hills around Salt Lake City.  My highest confidence for significant snowfall is between southern Montana, Central Wyoming, and Northern Colorado.   The Wasatch could fare deep if the lake kicks in late Thursday.   Areas in Colorado near the Divide and Front Range from I-70 North cold see 6-10 inches by Saturday morning. This pattern with cold Northerly flow also fares well for the Aspen Valley.

More updates and a warning will be issued as timing and models get closer.  My hikes in the upper aspects of Loveland Pass last weekend will spell a word of caution.  Upper aspects had marginal to decent coverage, with mid and lower aspects extremely rocky beneath the new snow.   If you have to venture out Saturday use extreme caution and bring the rock skis.

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