A ‘Winter Storm Warning’ is currently in effect for the majority of western Montana as well as parts of Wyoming including the Tetons. As it stands, parts of the Big Sky state are looking to receive up to a solid foot or more of blower snow by the end of Thursday.
Montana: Current models indicate that Big Sky could reap up to 9″ of fresh, while Bridger Bowl gets a solid foot. However, Cooke City has the largest accumulations forecasted with up to 14″ by Tuesday morning!
Wyoming: Other areas such as the Tetons are forecasted to receive up to 10″ of snow in the mountains with localized areas of drifting snow that could provide for solid faceshots throughout the week!
The best part about this storm?
The models agree that the storm should come in “right-side up” and leave with exceptionally cold temperatures. Bottomline, cowboy powder will be in abundance this week in Wyoming and Montana.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for ski patrol to drop ropes and open more lifts at JHMR this week after the Gondi, Thunder, and Marmot opened over the weekend…
Low Snowpacks For Montana
After a marginal start to the season, these forecasts come as welcome news to the Big Sky state. The two SNOTEL areas of Montana that include Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, and Cooke City are reporting snowpacks between 77-82% of their average for this time of year.
Winter Storm Warning | Cooke City, MT
ABSAROKA/BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS-CRAZY MOUNTAINS-
INCLUDING THE LOCATIONS OF…COOKE CITY
333 AM MST MON DEC 14 2015
…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST
A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN
EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST TUESDAY.
* IMPACTS…DANGEROUS WINTER WEATHER IS EXPECTED DUE TO HEAVY
SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW.
* TIMING…SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY. THE SNOW WILL
BE HEAVY AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY TODAY. SNOW WILL TAPER OFF
* SNOW ACCUMULATION…10 TO 14 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS POSSIBLE OVER NORTH FACING SLOPES.
* BLOWING SNOW…GUSTY NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH
WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BLOWING SNOW…RESULTING IN VERY POOR
A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF SNOW IS
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. THIS WILL
MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.