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The Longest Night/Winter Begins

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 Forecast Summary

We received a bonus in Colorado, the first wave was a little bigger than I expected and we got a few inches for the northern mountains and along the divide. Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin all around 3.  

The second wave is underway in Utah today and will reach Colorado around noon.  Winter Storm Warnings are in effect in Utah and will likely be issued in Colorado soon.  Blizzard conditions expected with high winds and subzero temperatures.  Woohoo!


Pacific Northwest                             3 Big Storms thru Wednesday

Partly sunny skies today and cold temperatures as the next system moves in tomorrow around lift closure.  This is a relatively quick moving wave that will hit Oregon and Washington simultaneously.  Expect 3-5 before the lifts turn on Friday, but there is a catch.  Friday looks to be nasty with freezing rain that could spoil the snow at lower elevations.  

Storm 2 hits early Sunday and Storm 3 arrives Monday.

Next System Friday


Today, Winter Storm Warnings in effect.  Expect 6-12 to fall during the day today at Alta and Snowbird.  Smaller totals for Deer Valley, Brighton and Park City with 4-8.  Cold Temperatures with strong winds 20-25 with 40 mph gusts, so throw on the heated gloves and vest! 


Another 4-8 overnight as the system moves out after midnight.  

Thursday, lingering snow possible before 10 with clearing skies by noon, turning partly sunny. Cold, with temps in the single digits with strong winds early, and moderate winds in the afternoon.  Windchills in the negative single digits.

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

Next System Friday



The storm arrives from the northwest beginning around 8 am for Steamboat, around 3 o’clock for resorts along the divide.  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 and blizzard like conditions–Artic gear necessary.  

For resorts along the divide, the bulk of the snow will fall after the lifts close today.   Expect strong winds during the day, gusts near 60 mph.  That could affect some upper mountain lifts.  For east resorts, around Huntsman Mesa, to the south, Telluride Wolf and Silverton this is mainly a wind event with not much snow expected.  The next decent chance for east and southern Colorado snow is next Thursday.


Northern mountains favored with Vail and Beaver Creek now in 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.


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, Small Wave 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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