Extended Forecast for California and Washington

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 23, 2012 1:37 am

Quick Update: The Tetons, Sierra, Northwest, Wasatch, and most of Northern and Central Colorado all picked up significant snowfall in the past 48 hours with over 16 inches in many spots in Lake Tahoe, 15 inches at Crested Butte, and over 21 inches at most of Utah’s Northern Resorts.  Jackson Hole logged over 40 inches in the past 3 days!  I logged over 80 inches in the past 7 days in 3 States (WA, UT, WY) on the powder chase however was shut down several times due to lift closures, winds, and very dense snow. Today  was nearly epic at Solitude (22 inches new) with light density on top of a dense layer, blue skies, and light winds however I might guess that every skier in Utah was out today judging by the crowds, and CA license plates putting the Sierra Powderchasers there today. Perhaps it is Sundance spillover as Park City is basically swarmed with the LA film Crowd!

Heavy snow will break out over the Sierra tonight into Monday with up to 20 inches in many areas that saw nearly no snow in the month of December!  The Northwest will see moderate to heavy snow in the next 24-48 hours with up to 14 inches likely at Crystal and Stevens by Monday night and even higher amounts over British Columbia (Good light density).   Light to moderate snow will be falling over Southern Idaho, the Tetons, and Northern Wasatch on Monday evening into Tuesday and will migrate into the 4 corners of Colorado by Tuesday AM.  This could produce amounts in the Rockies in the 4-8 inch range by Tuesday evening. (Higher amounts in the Wasatch and Tetons).   The Central and Northern Colorado mountains will see light snow Tuesday/Wednesday (2-5 along I-70).

Quick look at the extended:

A stronger system moves into the Tetons of Wyoming this Thursday night and migrates over the Northern Rockies through Saturday (6-9 inches expected).  Most of the moisture will not get further South than interstate 70 in Colorado and areas in Wyoming will do the best. The East Coast could pick up a decent cold system by next weekend!

Beyond the system next weekend the weather retreats to high pressure through February 4th when several systems appear to impact the Rockies, Sierra, Wasatch, and Northwest (FEB 4-6)  The East Coast might see another decent system on January 31st.

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Grab the powder and see you on the slopes

Powderchaser Steve