8-10 Inches Has Fallen in the Northwest, 7-14 on the Way for the Rockies

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 27, 2012 1:47 am

Dry density snow and colder temps are blessing the Northwest with an additional 8 inches at Crystal Mountain Thursday morning in Washington and everything is just starting to move over Montana, Idaho, and eventually Wyoming by 12 Noon.

The Rockies starteds to pick up snow by Thursday late morning with the heaviest falling across the Tetons Thursday 10AM to 3AM Friday (6-9) and the Wasatch by Midnight Thursday through Friday Morning (9-14 inches near Snowbasin and North, 7-11 Further South towards Alta).  Colorado will see snow develop after midnight Thursday with Steamboat, Winter Park, Vail Valley, Aspen and Summit County on the favored path with a cold front that streams through from North to South. I would expect areas along the Divide to pick up 7-9 inches by late Friday. Friday morning will be the storm ski day there and my belief and chase would heavily favor Steamboat with the colder air and Westerly winds. Aspen and areas near I-70 will be in the 5-10 inch range by Friday evening.  Southern Mountains will be in the 3-6 inch range as the cold front passes later Friday afternoon.

Vail hit 11 inches new beating out even the Wasatch this morning so if you live in Colorado get there now!  Copper also has respectable amounts.  The Northern Utah mountains are from 5=8 inches at most areas of which a few fell during the day yesterday!

There will be a break in the action this weekend with another light to moderate event coming into the Rockies on Tuesday next week as well as the Pacific northwest which will continue to see moisture and colder temperatures.

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