Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 12, 2011 12:19 am

UPDATE: 7 AM Monday, 12/12/2011

Storm is coming into action over the Southwest region tongiht with 4-8 fresh expected at Wolf Creek for Tuesday powder, however a break during the day will lead to moderate snow Tuesday evening with another 5-9 inches for Wednesday AM.  Both days could be on the powder chase!  Flagstaff AZ will be in the 12-18 inch range by Tuesday Night and Taos should be in the same range as Wolf Creek by Wednesday.  Snow will spread up towards I-70 on the tail end of the system Wednesday morning as the winds shift to the West. Areas as far North as Steamboat could even see some flakes by Wednesday morning! 

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If feels so good to be able to put out an actual Powder Alert after a moisture starved week so get ready to nab some ”Freshies” on Tuesday and Wednesday in the San Juans of Colorado as well as resorts on the Northern fringes of New Mexico! 

A weak storm system dropping down the CA coast will pick up a good moisture feed from the Baja and slowly creep north reaching New Mexico by early Tuesday morning. Light snow will break out in the San Juan’s turning moderate by Noon Tuesday and perhaps heavy Tuesday night!  Resorts such as Taos New Mexico will see 10-16 inches and areas such as Wolf CreekColorado should see 9-14 by Wednesday morning.  Higher amounts are possible! 

The best days to catch POW will be Tuesday/Wednesday in New Mexico, Tuesday PM in Colorado however I like Wednesday better as the heavier bands won’t arrive until Tuesday evening in the San Juans. 

Other mountain locations to recieve heavy snow will be Durango Ski Resort, SIlverton Mountain, and perhaps 4-5 inches as far North as Crested Butte!  Aspen will see light to moderate snow Tuesday evening.

A 2nd system will drop into the Northern Cascades, Wasatch, Tetons, and areas along Interstate 70 in Colorado on Thursday/Friday

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See you on the slopes! 

- Powderchaser Steve