That turned out to be a pretty good storm, for the Northern Pattern. Alta, Snowbird, Beaver Creek, and Wolf Mountain each had 8 and Kirkwood had 7. The winner of this storm is between Monarch, Steamboat and Arapahoe Basin. Monarch and Steamboat each had 11. A Basin reported 6 yesterday and it looks like, maybe 4, on their stake today.
The next shot for snow is today with a fast-moving clipper that will drop a few inches to top off, with possibly a surprise or two, for the central mountains.
Snow today for Utah and Colorado tonight. Expect another 1-3 for most mountains with the San Juan mountains of Telluride and Silverton being favored–2-5. Temperatures will be below freezing for Alta and Brighton with light winds 5-10 mph. Falling temps for the overnight hours in Colorado as the storm arrives between 8 and 10 pm. This is the perfect setup for a Steamboat surprise.
Next System Saturday Night
We are about to wrap up March and have 11 days remaining of the Northern Pattern. The transition storm, between patterns, is showing up on the GFS (282-330 hours out) but it does not have the proper solution, yet, for the track.
Once we get into April and past the transition storm on April 11 (PNW) 12-13 (Utah, Colorado), we get to the first storm of the Active West April 17-18. Keep in mind as I am talking about these storms that the first date is for the PNW, so if you are in Colorado, generally, the storm will begin a day later.
The transition storm is followed by the Trifecta, cycle days 11-16 (April 20-26). The Trifecta was squashed, last cycle, by the double-barrel High pressure off the coast and Nevada last time thru. I doubt that will happen again, but I was crushed the last time. If it comes thru like it should, it should be a huge storm to close out most resorts season. The next storm April 28-30 to close out the month. Now this storm, in Cycle 2 was the big AR event in Tahoe that had over a hundred inches in 5 days. We can dream.
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