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Most of Friday and Saturday will be dry, then snow will fall on Saturday night and Sunday. This storm will track too far to the north to bring significant totals, with snowfall amounts to the 3-6 to 4-8 inch range across the state. Sunday will be the best time to ski some pow.
Last night, heave precip moved in with snow levels falling to 7000 feet. Resorts are reporting 4-13 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.
Friday the snow continues with snow levels around 6000-6500 feet. We could see an additional 1-4 inches at lake level, and 2-8 inches on the mountains. Friday night colder air filters in with another wave of precip moving in. Snow continues with an additional 3-8 inches possible at lake level, and 5-15 inches on the mountains.
Snow showers should linger into Saturday with winds still gusting to 65 mph on the mountain tops. We could see 1-5 additional inches.
Moisture will push inland over Northern California Thursday then shift south Friday where it will stall for a time over the Southern Sierra and Southern part of the Central Sierra.
The crest is expecting about 5 inches of water with up to 3 inches for the town of Mammoth, mainly Friday. The Main Lodge to the Mammoth Crest is in for some 3 to 4.5 feet of snow by Saturday night.
Winds will be strong today out of the southwest ahead of our incoming system — temperatures will be warm at all elevations. Snow begins tonight for the high elevations of far Northern Utah, spreading south through the day Saturday, with snow continuing into Saturday night. Sunday will be the best powder day with snow showers continuing.
This could easily mean 1-2 FEET of snow for the Cottonwoods by midday Sunday. Elsewhere, I’d expect 8-16″ of snow above 8,000 feet with 5-10″ above 7k feet.
We started the week with better than expected powder days and we’re going to head into the weekend looking for more powder to end Jackson Hole’s season.
This system will initially bring us moisture-laden, southwesterly flow and kick off periods of moderate to heavy snow by Friday night and into Saturday. The snow level will hover at or above 8,000 feet so look for all snow at GT and all snow for the upper half of JHMR. Look for 4-8 inches at Jackson Hole through Saturday afternoon and 3-6 inches at Grand Targhee.
Snowfall rates will likely decrease to light to moderate snow through Sunday night but the snow quality should improve tremendously compared to Saturday.
If I were to pick the best times to ski, I would choose Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and again first chair at Grand Targhee on Monday morning. Overall, look for 8-14 inches for this event over the weekend, with the snow quality continuing to improve.
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