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Active Pattern Returns to the West, Utah and Colorado

By December 26, 2022No Comments

Projected snowfall for the next 10 days

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Forecast Summary

The rain is almost out of here, for those of you in the Seattle area it has been wet and warm with freezing levels in the 10,000-range falling today to about 6000 feet by 4pm.  Currently we have rain from Whistler to Vancouver WA, as this system moves out and the next system moves in this afternoon, we will have a mix of rain and snow until late overnight Wednesday, as cold air from Canada comes down the backside of the storm.  

Looking at the animation above, you can see the bulk of the storm lighting up NorCal and Lake Tahoe, with the energy diving southeast towards SoCal, with the storm diving deep into Mexico.

The last time this storm came thru it dumped 27 inches at Palisades, with Heavenly coming in at 26, over 3 days.  Below is a comparison of the 500 mb chart.  Both have the ridge with the trough forming at the same spot.  This will likely look more like the first chart the next time this comes thru around the second week of February.  

Utah and Colorado get in on this storm beginning tomorrow, for Utah resorts, and Colorado resorts Wednesday. Expect a nice powder day Wednesday for Alta, Snowbird, and Brighton with between 1-2 feet expected.  




Today, Highs in the lower 30’s as the storm moves in early tomorrow morning.  Light winds today from the southwest between 5-15 mph. 

Tomorrow, Strong winds, with 45 mph gusts, as the front approaches and falling temperatures, before settling in the mid to upper 20’s by noon.  The snow should begin mid-morning with a mix possible for lower elevations–you might bring your squeegees at Park City.  Expect heavy snow overnight, in the 10-20 range for Alta, Snowbird and Brighton with 4-8 for Park City.

Wednesday Powder Day Snow continues throughout the day with additional 3-5 expected.  Winds will be light between 5-10 mph with temperatures around the freezing point at base.  

Storm History


This was a great storm the last time it came through.  Alta, Snowbird and Park City all had great back-to-back powder days with Snowbird on top with 2-day totals of 32″, Alta wasn’t far behind with 30″.  Park City had 19″.



The storm moves in overnight tomorrow.  Wednesday will bring heavy snow with the southern mountains favored with this storm.  It is a little early to predict the totals, but presently it looks like 8-15 for Telluride and Silverton with perhaps Powderhorn getting 6-12.  We will dial this in later today as the models home in on this storm.  

Storm History

The last cycle produced modest totals in the single digits from the northern mountains all the way to the southern ranges.  Steamboat lead the totals with 6 and Wolf Creek in the south had 4.  This storm looks to be much larger if it holds together. 

Thanks for reading the blog, as always if you have any questions, please ask in the comments below or send an email to Mike@FutureSnow.CO

Forecasted Areas

Pacific Northwest Cascade Mountains

Crystal MountainMount Hood MeadowsTimberline49 Degrees North,  BachelorMt Baker,

Lake Tahoe Sierra Mountains

HeavenlyPalisades TahoeKirkwoodDodge RidgeDonner Ski Ranch

Utah Wasatch Mountains

AltaPark CityDeer ValleyBrightonSnowbirdBrian Head

Colorado Rocky Mountains

AspenAspen HighlandsSnowmassVailBeaver Creek,  Winter ParkKeystoneArapahoe BasinBreckenridgeCopper MountainPowderhornSki CooperTellurideCrested ButteSilvertonWolf CreekEldoraLoveland


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