Heavy Powder Alert – Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons, Sawtooths

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 14, 2012 2:37 am

POWDER is going to reach epic proportions in many areas with up to 6 Feet expected in the Southern Sierra (Has Mammoth even had a 2 foot dump all season?) as well as 3-4 feet on top of 16 inches that fell last night in the Tahoe basin.  up to 20 inches likely in the Wasatch by Sunday night and Monday!   Currently it is snowing in the Tahoe Basin with very warm temperatures producing generally 5-9 inches of wet snow low, and 10-15 inches at the highest peaks.  The Tetons are seeing light snow and Idaho and Utah resorts will get blasted later this week!  

The Northwest as predicted picked up over 4 feet in the past 3 days!  Crystal reports 32 inches in 2 days and the temperatures are only in the teens so perhaps that infamous Ground Hog was right when he came out of his hole a few weeks ago!

CHASE:    The SIERRA will be the dump winner this week especially with a cold front dropping down to Lake Tahoe by Friday evening and cranking out 2-3 feet of snow by late Saturday night.  Winds will be very strong initially but slowly decrease by mid Saturday morning.  Lifts may have impact on Saturday morning as well as crowds if you can get there? Snow will continue over the Tahoe Basin through Sunday morning.  Sun Valley should see 12-15 inches with the heaviest amounts Friday-Saturday above 6500 feet.   The Wasatch will be on the chase route for Sunday and Monday with 15-20 inches likely!  Light snow will be over the Wasatch Friday night and Saturday (5-9) but the deep dump wont happen until late Saturday and Sunday continued into Monday.  Snowbasin and Powder Mountain will do well with the southwest winds so Saturday could get deep there before the Southern Wasatch like Snowbird and Alta reap the benefits on Sunday/Monday. The highest amounts in the Southern Wasatch will be at Brighton andSolitude that can do better under this pattern.  Both Sunday and Monday should be deep! 

Colorado gets the moisture beginning on Monday with most of the snowfall remaining near Grand Junction, 4 Corners, Gunnison and up towards Craig.  I am not confident for deep snow just yet East of Aspen.  

Enjoy the deep snow! 

Powderchaser Steve