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Forecast Discussion

Snow today for Montana, Wyoming and Colorado today. This is a small system that is moving southeast, through Montana and Wyoming, splitting into an upper and lower system in Colorado.  

This is not a big producer, as you can see from the chart. I’m expecting 3-5 for Big Sky and Jackson Hole.  Jackson Hole opens for the season on Friday.  


Snow arrives this afternoon, around 2 to 3 o’clock. Warm temperatures, around 30° with wind from the south, changing to northwest, as the system arrives.  I’m expecting 3 to 5 for Steamboat, Vail/Beaver Creek, 2-3 for Aspen, Breckenridge and Winter Park.  Arapahoe basin in the 1 to 2 range.

The next storm is still on track and arrives Friday and Saturday.  The models have a better solution now.  The first wave will be similar to the current system today and follow a similar path.  The second wave digs farther, possibly hitting Lake Tahoe.  The storm is still a long ways out, so I don’t want to get your hopes up in Tahoe yet.  We have seen these systems go “poof” before.

The projected map for the next storm is below, followed by our long range forecast predictions. We are beginning to see our forecasted storms show up on the models. More about that later.

Long-Range Forecast thru December 21st

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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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