Powder Update

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 18, 2012 1:22 am

High end EPIC alert continues in the Northwest with up to 25 inches thus far at Stevens Pass, 15inches at Crystal and several feet at Mount Baker in the past 48 hours. I caught 2nd chair at Stevens Pass today for some of the best deepness of the season!


Heavy Snow will break out in the Northwest Cascades favoring southern Washington and all of Oregon Wednesday AM through 2AM Thursday  The best chase might be Crystal and areas near Stevens Pass or further South toward Mount Hood (14-20 inches).   Snow will taper on Thursday before another very strong system blast through the NW on Friday lasting into the weekend (1500 foot snow levels) with another 12-18 inches expected. The Northwest continues to see good quality low density snow this weekend!

The Rockies will see heavy snow along Idaho, Montana, The Northern Wasatch of Utah and especially the Tetons where light snow on Wednesday will migrate to moderate to heavy in the evening and continue through Thursday evening.  With strong winds and slightly warming temperatures in this storm cycle the AVY danger will rise significantly.  The best amounts will most likely be found over the Tetons all of Northern Utah including Park City, Snowbird, Snowbasin and Alta where 30 inches or more are expected by Saturday!  The Tetons should see equal or greater amounts (Up to 4 feet over Teton Pass). The temps will warm on Thursday night and Friday so Thursday morning might be the better powder pick! Friday will be a long term AVY control day in the Tetons and Wasatch with the upside down snowpack.  A slight break is expected over the Northern  Rockies late Friday however another strong system will blast through both Northern and Central Zones (Colorado included) beginning Saturday afternoon bringing another 1-2 feet of snow to areas further South including the Wasatch, Tetons and Central and Northern Colorado Saturday PM through Monday AM. 

The Sierra finally recieves HEAVY snow over Tahoe beginning Friday and last through Monday!  (2-3 feet likely in many areas). 

Colorado stays on the southern fringe of high amounts this week (3-7 likely up North perhaps more near Steamboat Thursday), however the models show a better chance of snow further South by later in the weekend!   Your shot at powder comes Saturday PM to Sunday AM (Swath of deep moisture along I-70 from West to East).  Another storm might impact Colorado on Monday!

This is a quick update while on the Chase in the Northwest and headed back to the Rockies on Thursday night.

Powderchaser Steve