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Heavy Snow in the PNW and Southern Colorado

By February 13, 2023No Comments

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Forecast Summary

Heavy snow today in the pacific Northwest, as Storm 45 gets cranking.  The storm is running about a day early. Meanwhile, the cut-off Low system is sliding across the southwest and reaches southern Colorado by this afternoon.  That will bring heavy snow to the San Juans, and Taos Ski Valley.  Taos needs the moisture as they are one of the few resorts in the west with below average snowpack (81%). 

The Low is taking a better-than-expected path through Colorado and will spread through the central, northern and resorts along the divide, by this afternoon and evening.

On the heels of the Cut-Off Low, is the Pacific Northwest storm.  It reaches Utah Tonight, around midnight, and will move into Colorado Wednesday.  You can see the storm a little clearer with the 500 mb level.  Watch the trough dig into where the Low exits.



Heavy snow today in the Cascades with Winter Storm Warnings issued for Stevens Pass and all of the Oregon resorts.  Temperatures in the low 30’s and falling throughout the day.  Winds are mixed, with moderate speeds in the northern Cascades and strong winds in the southern Cascades. 

For Oregon resorts, expect steady winds from the west, in the upper 30’s to 40’s with 60 mph gusts at Mt Hood.  These wind speeds will definitely close upper mountain operations at Mt Hood.  I would search for wind protected areas, such as Heather Canyon at Meadows.  The winds will not be as strong for Mt Bachelor, but gusts will still have a lot of bite to them–around 45 mph.


This will be the best day to ride powder.  Temperatures will be in the lower 20’s with light to moderate winds.  Expect scattered snow showers, at a minimum with a few more inches likely before the lifts open.  



Storm History

We had a strong storm come through at the end of January, that dumped double digit totals in Utah and Colorado. 3-day totals at Alta 23, Snowbird 23, Park City 15 and Brighton 33.

In Colorado, Beaver Creek 23, Vail 24, Steamboat 31 and Crested Butte 21.


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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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