We are coming up on the last storm of the year, the last time this one came through it was all rain in the Pacific Northwest and missed Tahoe to the north. This is a two-part storm. The first storm slides down the coast with the low tracking into Mexico. Right behind it, storm 2, enters the PNW and its path takes it straight to Colorado. Hitting Utah along the way.
It is not a very big system, but it did dump a lot of rain last time through on days 32-34. These next two charts show the storm path and amounts from back in November (2-3).
Looking at the latest model data, it is coming in exactly the same as it came through the last time. However, this time it’s colder, and with the strengthening jet, larger. It will be all snow this time through. Below is an animation of the snowfall path.
Storm 1 arrives along the California coast and moves inland and brushes Tahoe Wednesday night. It’s a quick moving storm that will dive south as the low tracks to the panhandle of Mexico. Tahoe will get minor accumulations with this one, which is probably good because of the damage from the Christmas Storm. The southern California mountains will benefit from the track of this first system. Totals should be between 1-2 feet–for SoCal.
Storm 2 comes right on the heels of storm 1 but it takes a different track Thursday. The track dives on a 45-degree angle towards Colorado. It’s a little early for totals, but it will probably be in the range of 6-10 for the Cascades. That moves to the Salt Lake area where the lower and upper track storms collide and the energy from both systems squeezes out probable 2-3 feet for the Wasatch mountains Alta, Park City, and Snowbird resorts. Then it’s on to Colorado Thursday night–it should dump!
Next Pattern Storm
Jan 4th, Pacific Northwest storm that when this storm was predicted back on November 26th, we knew it would be a big storm, but how far south would it go? Present model guidance shows this storm sliding down the coast and setting up another possible atmospheric river event for Tahoe. The rich get richer? We will see.
It will be a huge storm for Whistler Blackcomb. Last time thru it received over 4 feet in 4 days and was the largest storm of the year to date. Revelstoke and Banff/Lake Louise cleaned up as well. This storm returns March 4-7th–great time for an early spring trip!
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Plan trips using our prediction chart–that’s what we do. Don’t forget about our resort calendars that can be found under the resort forecast tab–these are Colorado resorts. Next year we will install more regions and many more resorts, as we move forward. PNW, Utah for sure.