We issued our first EPIC ALERT of the year last week for the Northwest where Mount Baker can now boast the highest mid mountain base at 105 inches! Stevens Pass had locals in in a powder frenzy where on Saturday they reported 39 inches of blower in 24 hours. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort had locals camping out in the tram line Friday Night (I counted 7 sleeping bags at 5:30 AM Saturday), amidst heavy snowfall and epic upper mountain conditions for the first tram of the season. Colorado finally saw a decent dump that blessed Aspen with 14 inches, 11- Beaver Creek, and 10 at Vail. I chased from Jackson toSnowbird (11 inches). . Powderchaser Blake chased to Beaver Creek where he reported a solid foot of fresh that was quickly tracked out by a powder starved crowd of locals.
Jackson Hole die hards camp out amidst freezing temperatures and snow for the first tram of the season.
THE WEEK AHEAD: A cold moist system will
Graze the Northwest Tuesday night (3-7) as it drops due south along the coast towards California. More light to moderate snow is likely in the Northwest late in the week (Thursday night-Saturday).
The Sierra should see a decent dump Wednesday/Thursday (Most Energy along the coast however still expect 6-11 inches above 6,000 feet. This system will bring much needed snow to AZ, NM, and southern CA, as it ejects inland into the 4 corners of the San Juan’s by Thursday night/Friday. Expect moderate snow at Wolf Creek, Durango, Taos, and Santa Fe by Friday morning. The northern energy of the split flow will graze northern Utah, and central Colorado next Saturday/Sunday (light to moderate snow).
Week #2 (December 17-21) shows an active pattern evolving back to a broad area of theNorthern Sierra, UT, ID, WY, and Colorado where I would not be surprised to see additional snowfall over a large area of the Rockies. Powder Alerts likely!
The East Coast should see snow in northern New England by late next weekend with a mix of sleet/snow to the south.
XMAS WEEK? Do I dare to take a stab at XMAS so early? Lets make a guesstimate of where Santa will be grabbing face shots? Right now my guess is for a cold wet pattern during the week leading up to XMAS with a good chance of snow for the Sierra, Rockies, and Northwest. The East Coast looks colder with a good chance of snow from NY to Central New England during the weekend just before the holiday.
Get out and enjoy the outdoors!