Mt Baker 12, Snoqualmie 8, Crystal 3, Whistler 3, Revelstoke 3
Winter Storm Warning for Washington
The active part of the pattern is back! Winter Storm Warnings today in the Pacific Northwest, specifically northern Washington, as the storm will ride the crest down to Oregon, as the storm moves south-southeast. Washington is the better location to chase, due to more favorable temps and wind values.
Today, the winds calm down, in a manageable 10-15 range, with wind chills in the low teens, so bundle up. Daytime snowfall accumulation in the 4-8 range for the northern Cascades.
Another good night for snow showers with cold temperatures, in the high teens and light winds around 10-15. Snow totals will be in the 3-5 range overnight. The storm has moved a little faster than I originally thought and will wrap by Sunday overnight. Don’t worry, the next system hits Tuesday.
2-Day Totals (still valid)
1.5-2.5 feet for Mt Baker and Stevens
1-2 feet for Crystal and Snoqualmie
Snow today with warm temperatures hat will bring heavy wet snow throughout the base elevations, as the snow level will be lowering throughout the day. Daytime snow totals today look a little better than they did yesterday, in the 6 to 10 range for Mt Hood, with 2-4 for Mt Bachelor. Visibility could be a challenge today, due to foggy conditions, it should burn off by one to 2 o’clock at the latest.
Temps will be in the low in the mid 20’s overnight, tomorrow night, with strong winds with gusts in the low 40’s. Heavy snow overnight Sunday, in the 10-15 range for Mt Hood, with 8-12 for Mt Bachelor.
Colder temperatures in the mid-20’s Monday, with a better wind forecast than yesterday. Winds will be in the 20-30 range instead of 50 mph gusts, so a huge improvement from yesterdays forecast. Expect another 3-5 before the storm wraps.
2-Day Totals (still valid, to probably higher totals)
Mt Hood Timberline/Meadows 15-22″, Mt Bachelor 8-16″
The storm arrives Monday afternoon. The timing of this system was a little uncertain yesterday, but the models have a better grasp of what’s happening now. Tuesday morning will still be the best day to ride, with 3-5 throughout the day Monday and 4-8 overnight after the lifts stop spinning.
Light snow tonight with 1-2 possible for most northern and central mountains. Dry tomorrow, a nice day to ride with temperatures in the low 30’s.
Storm Arrives Monday
The storm arrives Monday late morning. Snow throughout the rest of the day and evening. Tuesday will be a nice day to ride with temperatures in the low 20’s, with light winds between 10-15 mph. I am expecting around 4-8, for most mountains. We will dial in the snowfall totals tomorrow.
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