This article was originally posted on OpenSnow.com by Powderchaser Steve
I am on the chase so this post will be on the brief side. It’s snowing above 7500 feet in Utah currently with 3-4 inches overnight in the upper Cottonwoods. The winner is down south at Brian Head with 8 inches! Snow will continue in the West this week and early next with a highlight in the Sierra especially late this weekend.
Short Term Forecast
Snow will continue in northern Utah today with levels dropping to 6,000 feet. It’s currently snowing lightly in the town of Park City (Have not seen that for several weeks). Light to moderate snow will continue above 7000 feet today should bring another 3-5 inches into the Cottonwoods by last chair today. Its worth a short term chase but coming from a distance is a wildcard (Depends how desperate you are). Total snowfall from last night into late today will be 6-9 inches at upper peaks of the Cottonwoods.
Colorado grabs the snowfall beginning late this morning in the San Juans including western areas towards Powderhorn Ski Area and Grand Junction. NOAA has various watches and warnings up for most of the mountains tonight. I still see variability in where the heaviest snow is going to fall. This mornings models showed a good fetch of West/Northwest Flow over the northern part of the State and Southwest flow over the south. This should translate to moderate snow from Beaver Creek, Aspen, Snowmass through the Front Range. I’m only seeing 3-6 inches for those areas. Beaver Creek who likes Westerly flow could come up higher as well as perhaps Aspen. Amounts will be highest at the upper peaks with relatively high snow levels and virtually non existent in town. The San Juans will grab light to moderate snowfall through midnight tonight (3-6) so last chair today or 1st chair tomorrow might be worth a short chase. I have low confidence on any single deep dump with so many wind direction shifts. The winds will be going Northerly and cranking Friday morning near the Front Range.
The Front Range models shift moisture quickly through Summit County tonight and over the Palmer Divide south of Denver by Friday morning. Amounts could be noteworthy over the Divide near Denver. My confidence on the ski areas tonight is 70% for resorts closest to Denver along I-70 (Loveland, A Basin, Keystone, Winter Park) where 4-8 inches or more may fall. My confidence for other resorts in Summit are lower (2-5). Winds will be from the north Friday morning with impacts likely at upper elevations (Wind impacted cream with some fluff on top). Some wind closures are possible Friday morning. Higher snow totals may be found on your drive up to the mountains near Georgetown than the ski resorts themselves. NOAA has higher amounts for all the ski areas so lets hope they are right!
The Sierra is on my radar for another decent storm (5-10) That will primarily provide good storm skiing above 6500 feet Friday! Expect 4-8 inches during the day and another 1-3 Friday night. The Wasatch grabs the leftovers early Saturday (3-6) that moves quickly through Colorado Saturday night.
The one storm I really like currently is another Sierra wave that could land a foot of powder for most resorts Sunday night into Monday. That storm deserves watching. This will move into the Wasatch early Monday and through Colorado late Monday through Tuesday. Its going to weaken as it moves East but could linger in some spots especially southern Utah and Colorado early next week.
See Powderchaser Steve’s original post on OpenSnow.com
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