The pattern has finally shifted from a record dry December for the Northwest to what appears to be a very wet pattern for the Northern Cascades, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming this week especially Wednesday-Saturday!
The Cascades have seen 4-8 in the past 12 hours which will give way to heavier snow by Tuesday morning (5-9) and again on Wednesday/Thursday (5-11). As opposed to our pattern in late November/December the flow stays pretty much West to East which will bring abundant moisture to the higher elevations of the Tetons, Bittteroots, and most areas in the Northern Rockies. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grant Targhee stand a good chance of 1-2 feet of moderate to heavy density powder by this upcoming weekend! My powder picks there would be on Wednesday and again on Saturday! Remember that those areas still have limited terrain at this time so the chase decision might be based on newly opened steeps. The Northwest will continue to do well especially with consistent bases from heavy November snows and another 8-15 inches this week.
The Wasatch of Utah will be on the southern edge of these systems and will most likely see light snows midweek (2-4- Wednesday and again next weekend). In Colorado most of the energy will stay North of the Wyoming border however a good chance exists for light snows (Occasional 2-4 inch events) from I-70 North especially over Steamboat and the Gore Range by midweek. The long term patterns drop the systems further South over the Sierra and Central Rockies beginning January 4th as moisture continues to stream into the Northwest. This may spell better for Utah’s Wasatch, Sierra, and , I-70 corridor of Colorado where snow has been lacking the most!
I hope eveyone enjoyed the Holidays and travel safe this week in Snow Country!