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49 Degrees North  

Forecast Summary

Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for the northern Cascades today as the next system comes through.  Stevens Pass has about 6 on the snow stake this morning, with Crystal Mountain 4, Whistler Blackcomb 3, Mt Hood Timberline 3 and 49 Degrees North about 5.  

Heavy snow will fall throughout the northern Cascades with totals between 10-18 inches for Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass with lower totals south of I 84.  Eastern Washington totals in the 3-5 range.  

Utah gets in on the action tonight and Colorado begins early tomorrow morning.

Meteorologist Gary Lezak (from yesterday)



Pacific Northwest 

Today, Ride the storm!

Heavy snow and Winter Storm Warnings for the northern Cascades today until 4 am.  Temperatures in the teens to lower 20’s for the north and around 30-34 for Oregon resorts, with light to moderate winds 10-15 mph with gusts in the mid 20’s.

Snowfall totals today will be in the 4-8 range for Mt Hood with another 4-8 overnight, a huge improvement over yesterday’s model output.

Mt Bachelor is still in a bad spot, but has improved dramatically over yesterday.  We are now experiencing 2-4 throughout the day today with maybe another 2-4 tonight.  Full Squeegee Alert for Mount Bachelor. Freezing rain is expected at lower elevations so be prepared.

For the northern Cascade resorts, the bull’s-eye has shifted. Stevens Pass and Snoqualmie Pass are in the sweet spot and expected to have 10 to 18 inches throughout the day today. Slightly lower totals for Crystal Mountain in the 6 to 10 range.

The storm moves out Tonight leaving behind cold temps with clearing skies.  Light winds with windchills near zero.

Storm History:  Last cycle, Mt Hood was the winner with 3-day totals of 14.

Next System Friday


Today will be a nice day with partly sunny skies and temps in the upper 20’s.  Breezy conditions with winds 10-15.  The storm moves in tonight, after 2am and is arriving later than the models were predicting yesterday. 

Tomorrow, with the late arriving storm, it looks like Alta and Snowbird will be in the 2-4 range, before the lifts open Wednesday, with an additional 6-12 during the day. Brighton and Park City around 1-3, before lifts open.  We are looking at daytime totals in the 5-9 range with another 2-4 overnight. Temperatures tomorrow will be near 20 with strong winds with gusts around 40 mph, so bitter cold windchills -10-15, so throw on the heated gloves and vest! 

Thursday, Sunny and cold with temps in the single digits and moderate winds, with windchills in the negative single digits.

Storm History, Last cycle, Snowbird 16 Alta 15 and Park City 13 

Next System Thursday night/Friday


Today, partly sunny with temperatures in the upper 20’s and moderate winds 10-15 mph.

Tomorrow, the storm arrives from the northwest beginning around 5 am for Steamboat as a small wave, in front of a bigger wave, comes through in northern Colorado.  You can see the fast-moving wave slide through, followed by the larger wave, below.


We are looking 2-4, throughout the day for areas north of 1-70 with higher totals as you move farther north towards Steamboat, 4-6.  Strong winds during the day with gusts near 50 mph. 

Tomorrow Night

Northern mountains favored with Steamboat and Winter Park near the sweet spot, expected overnight totals between 4-8, with 6-10 on the high side.  Vail and Beaver Creek in the 3-5 range, with Aspen and Crested Butte in the 2-4 range.  Areas along the divide, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin in the 4-8 range.

Powderhorn, Telluride, Wolf and Silverton the bad pattern continues, as it looks like 1-3, on the low end and 2-4 on the high side.  There are 2 more systems coming thru before the end of the year, with the December 28th storm looking like it will break the streak for the south.


The storm moves out Thursday morning.  High temps in the 10’s with windchills in the negative to -10 range.  Strong wind gusts around 35 mph.

Storm History, Last cycle, Breckenridge 14, Vail 13, Beaver Creek 12, Steamboat 9, Aspen 8

Next System Friday

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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