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Alta, Steamboat Surprise

By January 25, 2023No Comments


Daily Snow Stakes

GFS Surface Chart 

All Snow Version

Suprise Pow

We have a surprise powder day at Alta, as a pocket of energy dumped, just at Alta.  Crazy how the weather works sometimes.  Everywhere else seems to be 3-4 inches with the exception of Steamboat, about 6.

Next System Tomorrow

We will have scattered snow showers today, as we have moisture in place and a small wave passing through from a Low-pressure system sliding across Canada.  

Storm 41 Overnight Thursday, storm 41 on your scorecard hits the Pacific Northwest and slides southeast on a track that will clip northern Colorado.  This system is one of the storms I was looking for when we were still uncertain of the cycle length.  It is followed by a secondary wave that will dive deeper into Utah and Colorado that is storms 42 and 43

Unfortunately, I did not have the intestinal fortitude to include Lake Tahoe, this time around, but this storm will dig out a trough and bring snow back to Lake Tahoe Monday morning. This storm missed the Lake last time through to the north, barely, so I had to stick to my principles and leave it out.  Remember, to be on the storm chart, it must hit in at least 2 cycles in a row.  With the exception of the early test chart and first prediction chart.  Test chart storms are just an educated guess, because in the early set up, the systems are way up in Canada, because the jet stream hasn’t dropped to it’s “winter” position.  

Storm History

The last time these two waves came through we had primarily rain for the first wave in the PNW followed by snow for the second wave.  Mt Hood was the winner with 6 snow and 2 inches of rain, Whistler 5, Crystel 4, and Mt Bachelor 5.  In Utah, Alta had 2-day totals of 8, While in Colorado, a rare time where the state has outperformed Utah, with Breckenridge 14, Beaver Creek 13, Steamboat 11, Vail 9, Wolf Creek and Aspen 7.  Also, a rare spotting of Santa before Christmas.  

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Long-Range Forecast Predictions thru March 

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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