Powder Alert: Rockies

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 25, 2013 2:18 pm

9 inches fresh as of 5AM Thursday at Mount Baker however only 1-3 in areas south towards Crystal and Stevens. Snow will taper off this morning with several weak to moderate waves  expected through the weekend (Southern zones are favored). Colder temps and low snow levels will improve conditions in the Northwest through the weekend.

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The ALERT is issued for the northern and southern Wasatch Range of Utah and  Southern mountains of Colorado where several feet will pile up by Wednesday.   A weak system will bring 4-6 inches to the Cottonwood Canyons and Northern Wasatch  by 4PM today (Peak from 7AM to 1PM) and migrate into central and northern Colorado by this afternoon (1-3 inches over I-70).  Light to Moderate snow will return to northern and southern Utah this Saturday before turning heavy Sunday night into Monday which much colder temperatures (Drier snow).   Cold air orographics and sub tropical moisture will potentially bring another 15-18 inches to many spots in Northern Utah by Tuesday morning (Sunday night to Wednesday storm total).

The cold front bring moderate snow to central and northern Idaho on Saturday and eventually theTetons Saturday night (4-7).

Colorado/New Mexico/southern Utah

2 systems will impact the 4 corners over the next several days. The 1st will bring moderate snow to the San Juan’s (New Mexico Favored) with very high snow levels (Snow above 8,000 feet) Friday night i

nto Saturday (7-10 inches mainly 3AM Saturday to 11PM ).  The 2nd will bring colder temperatures and heavy snow to most of Southern Colorado Monday night into Tuesday (11-18). The 2nd storm is likely to push further north with significant snow from Durango, Silverton, Wolf Creek, and Crested Butte.   Moderate snow is likely over Powderhorn, Aspen, and Craig (Steamboat is a wild-card).  Eventually this system moves north along I-70 and the front range however amounts might stay sub advisory in those areas. Monarch could also fare well here.  If the winds shift to the NW Vail and areas East can fare well late in the storm period on Tuesday.

THE CHASE:

THURSDAYMount Baker ( 8 fresh overnight), Snowbird- 4-7 inches by 3pm.

FRIDAY; In between systems, snow moving back into the Northwest

SATURDAY: Wolf Creek (dense snow-storm skiing)- high snow levels, more moisture near Taoshowever lower elevation could see rain/mix making the chase a bust.  The Cascades continue to see light to moderate low density snow.

SUNDAY; Central and northern Idaho (overnight snow), snowing during the day in the Wasatch,  4-8 in the Tetons?

MONDAY: Snow turns heavy in the Wasatch (Storm ski day). PM snow in the San Juan’s

TUESDAY: could be deep at Snowbasin, Powder, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude.  Wolf Creek, Crested Butte, Monarch, Aspen (Wildcard), Powderhorn (Thats near Grand Junction in case you wondered). 

Wednesday:  Left over powder along I-70 and perhaps the Front Range of Colorado?

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