Powder Watch Issued As Cold Weather System Moves Across The West

Powder Watch Issued As Cold Weather System Moves Across The West


Powder Watch Issued As Cold Weather System Moves Across The West


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Report From Powderchasers.com

Synopsis:  Storm system is just now entering California with heavy snow also lighting up the radar near Elko Nevada.  That system has lots of cold air and energy that will dump 8-11 inches tonight and tomorrow morning over the Sierra.  Higher amounts will be likely at Crest level (9-15).   5-8 inches over Lake Level.   Powder Alerts continue!  Next week looks interesting as well? Hello El Nino!  Welcome!

The Wasatch gets several hours of accumulating snowfall Wednesday Noon through midnight.   System is not overly moist but the cold convective nature of the storm could land 6-10 inches at higher elevations. The winds might favor resorts like Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain.Areas north to the Idaho border into Pocatello could see heavier snow.  Main energy favors southern Idaho.  Big Cottonwood (Brighton, Solitude)  might beat LCC (Alta, Snowbird) with SW flow.   Look for some surprises in the Wasatch Back (Eastern areas from PCMR).  The Park City resorts (One Park City) will fare decent with the colder air (5-9).   Southwest flow can bring some surprises to areas that normally don’t see the highest amounts. If you have been holding out to Cross Country Ski at lower elevations of Park City you are in luck by Thanksgiving morning.  Finally low elevation snowfall!

The Tetons land snowfall under Northerly winds.  This is not ideal for heavy amounts however the convection might win some moderate amounts (4-7). The town of Jackson or perhaps even Snow King wins out?  NOAA still has 5-10?  I am cautiously optimistic. As we forecasted earlier this week,Montana resorts will see a quick shot of 4-9 inches tonight and Wednesday. Northern areas of Idaho may see the first decent dump of the season tonight!  Perhaps the Wednesday call is Bridger or Big Sky?  Bring it on!

Colorado gets  ripped off initially but could land some double digits by Saturday?  initial phase of the storm favors area near the Wyoming border and front range north of Interstate 70 (Eldora, Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park).  Steamboat might offer surprises?  Late Friday through Saturday sees a shift of moisture into the southeast quadrant of Colorado (See map). Models show deep moisture in southeast Colorado extending west towards Wolf Creek and southeast New Mexico.   Winds are Northeast favoring the Eastern upslope areas of Colorado.   I am not buying off on anything just yet?  Upslope can be a demon in the south? Monarch sits just a bit too far West and Wolf Creek is our wildcard pick for Saturday morning powder. I am confident for snowfall at the Wolf Friday/Saturday however amounts still in question?  Easy 4-7 and perhaps 9-14 is my best guess.

Next week looks interesting! EL Nino may show it’s teeth as more storms are lined up in Pacific with no clear direction or signal right now as to who is going to see the white room.


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