Grab your Ikon Pass and head to Crystal Mountain for some powder turns this week. The Washington State ski destination has already received 222″ of snow on the season with more in the forecast. But we suggest you play hooky and get some skiing in before Friday when the mountain could see some heavy rain.
Significant snow is falling as forecasted in the Pacific Northwest with snow levels near the bases (Deep dense snow). That system will drag into the Rockies midweek. Another short wave moves into the Rockies on it’s heals. The PNW warms up significantly late this week (Rain) before frigid temps finally bring a good round of light density frosting to the dense snow that falls this weekend. The extended brings more snow to the Rockies next week. – Powderchasers
Weather Synopsis by Ski Patrol Forecaster, Jake Skeen 1/28/20
7:00am: We have dried out as of early this morning but should see moderate snow showers today before clearing up for a brief 12 hour period in front of our next frontal system tomorrow.
Tuesday: Snow showers. 2-4 inches possible. Snow levels 4000ft rising to 4,500ft. Moderate SW winds at ridgetops with a decreasing trend.
Tuesday Night: Dry. Freezing levels 4000ft. Light to Moderate SW winds at ridgetops.
Wednesday: Snow showers. 2-4 inches possible. Snow levels 4000ft rising to 5000ft. Moderate to strong SW winds at ridge tops.
Wednesday Night: Dry. Freezing levels falling to 4000ft before Thursday’s rapid warm up. Moderate to strong W/SW winds at ridgetops.
Weather Outlook: Today and tomorrow’s storms won’t produce much with short-lived daytime fronts that are quick moving. Expect a warm up by Thursday afternoon with snow levels approaching mountain top at Crystal as precipitation begins late in the afternoon. Even warmer temps are forecasted during the day Friday with significant rain possible.
Winter Weather Advisory From NOAA
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Seattle WA 307 PM PST Tue Jan 28 2020 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST WEDNESDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET... * WHAT...Snow expected above 4000 feet with snow accumulation of 6 to 11 inches. * WHERE...Cascade mountains of Pierce and Lewis Counties, including the Crystal Mountain Ski Area and Paradise on Mount Rainier. * WHEN...From 6 AM to 4 PM PST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on winter driving conditions at the higher elevations.