Southern and Central Colorado Storms with Powder in the Rockies Tonight

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 21, 2012 2:06 am

The powder alert is for an extended period of 3 systems moving into the Rockies beginning tonight up North (Montana, Wyoming, Northern Colorado)  however the deepest periods will come into the San Juans and sections of the Central Mountains  both Sunday during the day and evening and again on Tuesday/Wednesday.  The sum total of the 2 San Juan systems should be in the 15-20 inch range with 2 potential powder days (Sunday) and again on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Friday- Friday night :   Light snows will continue into the Northern Montana Mountains (Snowing lightly currently over Big Sky) and extend down into Yellowstone later this morning.  Moderate snow likely over Steamboat tonight (4-7) as well as 3-7 inches possible near Vail (Most snow will be North of I-70). 

Saturday- Light to moderate powder day at Colorado’s Northern most resorts (Steamboat favored).   expect 4-7 inches at opening and perhaps decent amounts as far South as Vail or Copper!

Sunday- Light snow over the San Juans turns heavy by mid morning and continues into Sunday night (3-7 during the day and another 3-7 for Monday AM).  Silverton, Wolf Creek, and Crested Butte favored) Some resorts as far North as Aspen will also see some light to moderate freshies however Crested Butte and South will do better.  Monday might be the better powder day or late Sunday?

Sunday night- Monday- The Sierra finally sees a nice dosing of freshies in the 5-9 inch range South of I-80 especially during the day Monday and early evening.

Monday night-Tuesday- Snow begins over the Wasatch.  The NWS is not forecasting much however I have a gut that tells me amounts will be in the 4-9 inch range there by Tuesday morning.  Snow will begin over the San Juans of Colorado and Southern Utah after midnight Monday and continue through Tuesday evening.   Snow will extend up through Crested Butte, Aspen and eventually lighter amounts along I-70 on Wednesday.   Amounts will build up nicely during the day Tuesday and continue though Wednesday morning (Turning lighter by Wednesday evening ).  Storm totals could be in the 12-18 range through the period.   Perhaps Silverton would be a good call on Thursday?

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