It has been a long time since we have had widespread powder for all of the west. Snow wraps up this morning in the PNW with bluebird skies and cold temperatures. A couple of power outages slowed things down at Crystal, but they got the back-up generators running. Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline both scored with Timberline 15 yesterday with Meadows, right behind, with 11. There are a few lingering showers, as of this post in the Cascades, with the center of the low is spinning towards the southeast.
In the Sierra, heavy snow fell overnight and will continue throughout the day today. It is hard to get a read on totals, due to windy conditions, on the snow stakes I can see this morning. It looks like the Kirkwood may be the winner, but again, hard to tell because the stakes aren’t holding snow.
In the Cottonwoods Alta and Snowbird picked up 5 with round two hitting today and tomorrow. Central and southern Wasatch appear to have the heaviest totals. BrianHead was the winner with 15 reported yesterday.
Finally, Colorados southern and central mountains were the winners yesterday with Telluride 11 and Aspen Highlands reporting 9.
Winter Storm Warning Scattered snow showers today with cold temps and north winds changing to west this morning. Highs today in the high teens or lower 20’s. Expect another 2-4 today for most mountains with higher amounts towards the Crest.
Snow ramps up again later today with cold temps in the single digits. Most snow will fall overnight tonight. I am expecting 3-5 for most mountains with perhaps 4-9 for BrianHead. Temperatures will be in the single digits today with moderate winds. Wind chills in the negative, so dress warm today.
Storm moves out in the late afternoon leaving another 2-3 inches to top off. It will be another cold day with single digit temps and negative wind chills.
Winter Storm Warnings for most mountains today with heavy snow at times, especially in the central and southern mountains. Expect 3-5 today for the resorts along I-70. Central mountains 5-9 and Southern mountains Telluride, Wolf, and Silverton 10-15. High temp for the day will be in the lower 20’s with brisk light winds.
Storm hangs around through the day Wednesday and exits late Wednesday night. Expect high totals again for the southern mountains and another 2-4 for the northern resorts Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper, and Summit resorts Breckenridge and Keystone. Temperatures in the low teens overnight with highs in the mid 20’s for Wednesday. Winds will be somewhat strong with 25 mph gusts.
The next storm system is a weak one and will take a direct path from the PNW southeast to Colorado. After that small wave there is a brief lull in the pattern with the next storm due the first week in March.
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