Powder Alert: Cascades, Sierras, Wasatch & Tetons

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 28, 2012 3:06 am

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Automated data is showing 8-11 inches overnight at Squaw Valley, 8 inches at Crystal Mountain in the Cascades and several feet to come this week.  Heavy snow will fall over the Cascades tonight into Thursday Mid Day with 24 hour totals in the 18 inch range at Mount Baker, 12 inches at Crystal and Stevens Pass.  Snow levels will be around 3,000 feet so low down snow will be heavy however higher up should be medium density.  The Cascades should see another 7-14 inches from Friday afternoon through Sunday (Colder temps) with the models showing deeper moisture over Oregon especially near Mount Hood and South.  The best Cascade days for deep powder will be Thursday and again on Saturday.

Sierra, Tetons and Wasatch     Moderate to occasionally heavy snow will bless the Sierra again this weekend with very low snow levels (5,000 Feet) below lake level and my expectation of 6-10 inches from Saturday to Sunday.  The Wasatch receives a sharp cold front on Saturday evening through Sunday with a good chance of 7-11 inches of snow and the Tetons see continues snowfall from Friday-Sunday however temperatures will stay warm until late Saturday night.  The Tetons will most likely see several feet of wet snow at the highest elevations late this week and a good possibility of rain near the base. Grand Targhee might be a better bet with higher base elevations? 

The leftovers all spill into Northern and Central Colorado Sunday-Monday with light to moderate snow likely in many locations late Sunday through Late Monday.  

The Chase:

Thursday/Friday:    Pacific Northwest- Stevens, Crystal, Baker (Take your pick)

Saturday- Tetons or Northern Sierra (Snow level might be an issue in Wyoming)

Sunday- Wasatch – Moderate deepness, colder temperatures!

Monday:  Fingers crossed for Colorado? 

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