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West Wide Snow

By February 26, 2023No Comments

Daily Snow Stake


Surface Chart

All Snow GFS

High Resolution Short Range

Forecast Summary

Everywhere in the west will receive snow today. I don’t know how often that happens, but today is one of those days.  Let’s begin in the Pacific Northwest.  Heavy snow fell yesterday in Whistler, Revelstoke and Lake Louise, and will continue today.  That system moves south southeast through the Cascades and reenergizing the snowfall rates for Lake Tahoe. 

Lake Tahoe has been getting hammered over the last few days. with totals at Dodge Ridge 4.5 feet, Palisades 4 feet, and Kirkwood 4 feet.   Snow continues all week with the heaviest snowfall tomorrow and tomorrow night.

For Utah, the cut-off system hits the Wasatch range around 8 am this morning.  Colorado kicks off around the same time, in the far west at Powderhorn.  Gradually moves into the southern mountains by 1o or 11. Finally the central, northern and divide by early afternoon.  

Below is the chart of the 500 mb flow of the cut-off Low getting caught up and driven east from today’s incoming system.

Lake Tahoe


The heaviest precipitation will occur between 10 and 2 o’clock today.  Temperatures will be in the low 20’s with strong winds between 20-30 mph with 40 mph gusts at base level.  Ridge top winds in the 60’s.

Wind (Click to Animate)


More of the same with heavy snow throughout the day.  Temps in the upper teens with similar wind speeds in the morning and increasing in the afternoon as the strongest energy hits the lake.  Expect winds to increase to 30-40 mph with 50 mph gusts at base and ridgetop winds near 100 mph.  


Snow and more snow!  Temperatures in the teens with strong winds, although not as strong as Monday.  I think it will be in the 20-30 mph range with 40 mph gusts.  The wind charts are not very accurate after 48 hours so don’t hold me to it.  



Snow begins this morning around 8 am, with Winter Storm Warnings in effect through Wednesday.  Temperatures will start out around 26 degrees and fall during the day, settling around the upper teens.  Moderate winds between 15-20 with 30 mph gusts.  Ridgetop wind gusts will be between 40-55 mph.

The heaviest snow will fall tonight for a great powder day tomorrow.


Pow anyone?  Heavy snow throughout the day with temperatures in the upper teens.  Moderate winds between 15-20 with 30 mph gusts. 


Rince and repeat.  Cold temps and wind chills near zero.  Snow.



Snow moves in today with the bulk of the snowfall occurring after the lifts close, with the exception of Wolf Creek.  Temperatures will be in the upper 30’s and fall this afternoon as the front approaches.


Snow with temperatures in the upper 20’s with moderate winds between 10-15 with 25 mph gusts.  Expect stronger winds near the divide.


Snow continues as the strongest part of the storm works its way through.  Temperatures in the low 20’2 with strong winds 20-30 mph with gusts up near 50 mph.


Pacific Northwest

Spring Break/March Calendars

We posted our spring break forecast, thru April 1st on yesterday’s blog, in calendar format.  It is pretty simple to use, the dark blue squares are probable storms, and the light blue squares are 60% chance, meaning if we have enhanced teleconnectivity, there will be extra waves, or more snow!  




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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