Forecast From Powderchasers.com
Stoke Factor: A very exciting 3 days brought decent snowfall to many areas of New Mexico and Colorado where up to 20 inches of wet snow fell at Wolf Creek . Upper elevations of Taos looked impressive as well however no official reports have been released. Next on the list is Monarch followed by Loveland Ski Area where up to 14 inches fell. Summit County grabbed 3-6 inches at some of the higher elevations from what we saw on web cams. Here is a shot of a Justin Ibarra from October 23rd on the Continental Divide near Denver. Conditions are still too low to venture out but somehow he managed to grab this line so kudos to him. Don’t try this at home.
Synopsis: The pattern this week is going to bring more snow to the northern areas of North America. Moderate rain will be falling in Portland on Sunday with high elevation snow on Mount Hood (South Cascades favored. That system races through Idaho (Brundage) on Monday (Light snow showers at the peaks) but packs a bigger punch for southernMontana where up to 3-5 inches should fall from midnight Monday to Noon on Tuesday. Lets keep our fingers crossed forBig Sky, Bridger Bowl, and areas that have not seen snowfall this season. TheTetons get light action with the northern range favored towards Moose. Light snow will filter into the Colorado northern and central mountains Monday/Tuesday (Steamboat, Vail, Aspen, Summit County with some teasing.
Long Term: A stronger system will enter the Pacific Northwest late next week and likely bring another round of moderate snowfall to the northern Rockies. It appears to be a better candidate for some snowfall for the PNW, Tetons, followed by central Idaho, Wasatch, and Colorado (Steamboat, Vail, Aspen, Summit). Enough to bring the stoke factor up somewhat but certainly not a deal breaker. That system moves from northern Colorado to the 4 corners so areas like Wolf Creek, Taos, Monarch will likely see the leftovers. We forecasted a Halloween storm a few weeks ago!