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Snow Keeps Rolling for the West

By December 8, 2022No Comments

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Next Two Systems

Pattern Summary 

We are on Storm 4-7 for the Long-Range forecast chart; it arrived early this morning in Whistler and is currently just underway in the Cascades of Washington.  That storm will move south southeast down to California, then east to Utah and Colorado.  It is a little behind schedule for Utah (1 day) and Colorado (2 days). 

It is normal to have a variation of a day or two in the schedule, this early in the pattern.  When we make these forecasts in October and November, it is hard to lock in the storms perfectly, with such a small sample size.  We will get it locked in by the next time it comes around and have a variance of +/- 1 day.


Heavy snow at times today with temperatures in the mid 20s and moderate winds between 10 and 20 mph.  Snow totals will be in the 8-12 range for Mt Baker with smaller amounts, in the 3-5 range today for Crystal Mountain and Snoqualmie.   


The system moves out by 3 am with an additional 2-4 for most mountains.  Tomorrow, expect cloudy conditions with fog possible.  Temperatures will be in the high 20’s with light winds 5-10 mph.  The next system moves in tomorrow afternoon.


Southern cascade resorts Mt Hood Meadows/Timberline and Mt Bachelor, expect 4-8 today with another 3-6 overnight.  Temperatures in the upper 20’s with moderate winds with gusts around 25 mph.  


Similar conditions as today, with an additional 2-4 throughout the morning.  There will be a break in the early afternoon and the next system moves in in the evening.  Expect nice accumulations between 8-12 overnight Friday with a great snow Saturday.  


Snow with temperatures climbing to the low 30’s by 2 pm, so the best snow will be early.  Another 2-4 is expected.


Lake Tahoe


The first wave rolls in today, after 8 pm.  The winds will pick up and gusts will be near 40 mph as the front approaches.  Friday morning snow totals should be in the 4-8 range for resorts north of the Lake and along the crest.  We are backing off a bit from yesterdays forecast. The bullseye is still tracking near Donner Summit.  

The second wave hits late Saturday mid-morning.  This wave is the meat of the storm and will produce heavy snow totals from 1-3 feet, as of now.  Saturday night will have heavy snow with an additional 12-20 inches.  Sunday expect another 4-8 before the system moves out.


Utah and Colorado


Bluebird skies today with calm winds. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper teens. The system moves in early tomorrow morning, it is running a little behind the last time it came thru and trending weaker.


Falling temperatures and moderate winds with gusts around 20 mph. The snow moves in a little before the lifts open. Snowbird, Alta, Brighton are going to be in the 3 to 5 range, as of now. I will do an update later this evening when the 18 Z forecast comes out.


Scattered showers with little precipitation expected. Perhaps an inch or two. Temperatures in the low 20s with moderate winds.

2nd Wave Sunday Stronger

The next sister moves in on Sunday and looks to be strong with snow totals in the 8-13 range.



Today through Sunday, little or no precipitation is expected. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s today and tomorrow, with rising temps on Saturday and Sunday.  Sunday evening the storm arrives.
We will dive into the amounts a little later, but initially it looks like 1 to 2 feet, for a two day storm total

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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