POWDER WATCH ISSUED FOR THE SIERRA- MID WEEK
Cali is rejoicing as moderate to deep snow fell across a large portion of the Sierra range from North to South. Most areas are reporting 12-17 inches with higher amounts to the north. The even better news is that the long range forecast brings several light to moderate storms this week with low snow levels (Snow to all valley locations). Some light snow will be falling through Saturday morning with high pressure taking hold until Monday night. Light snow will turn moderate over the northern Sierra early Tuesday morning (3-7) with the bulk of moisture dropping along the coast aimed at LA. Big Bear may benefit during the day Tuesday. A larger system is likely late Tuesday night and Wednesday with Powder Alerts likely in the entire Sierra Range for 5-10 inches (North and Southern regions). A third system is likely next weekend with moderate amounts and continuing cold temperatures. None of the systems will be as large as the last however the sum totals next week and colder temperatures will bring back memories of mid winter!
LOW END POWDER ALERT- SOUTHERN ROCKIES, AZ, NM, NV, SOUTHERN UTAH
The California storm has split into a northern and southern section. Northern Montana, Idaho, and central Wyoming and Northern Utah will see the light end of 2-5 inches through Saturday. Areas to south near Bridger and Big Sky will also get a tease. The larger swath of moisture races quickly across southern Utah, Nevada and Arizona on Saturday morning with 4-8 inches at higher elevations (Flagstaff Ski Area). Taos, Wolf Creek, Durango and areas near Crested Buttegrab action Saturday afternoon through 2AM Sunday. SW winds favor Crested Butte (4-9),Silverton, as well as Durango and Wolf Creek (5-10). Winds shift to the North and North West late Saturday night and Sunday morning with light to moderate snow moving over most of I-70 as far north as Steamboat. Amounts will vary between 4-9 inches in many locations. One thing that I have learned with southern storms is that they tend to be unpredictable. Some spots will see less and others could see more! The moisture zooms through pretty quickly into Oklahoma by late Sunday morning. I am most confident in the 4 corners however total amounts may hold my chase down to the last minute. Crested Butte might offer some surprises? I-70= Wildcard Sunday for 4-9 inches (Storm ski day).
Light snow returns to Colorado mid week with a larger system and deeper moisture due for central and southern New Mexico by Thursday! Ruidoso may be a bulls eye!
Chases: Saturday-Flagstaff , Sunday- Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, Monarch, Loveland (Wildcard).. Most confident for low end powder alert for the 4 corners. Northern areas may be less?