Sierra and Rockies powder alert

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 18, 2011 7:37 am

Checking in with Powderchasers, it looks as if winter is back in a big way for parts of the west.  Tahoe was just pounded with light dry snow and Utah had themselves a great powder day too.  Lots of happy campers out there….

The Sierra has picked up over 40 inches of epic medium to light density snow as the newest low pressure system has stalled over the Southern Tahoe basin all night and will begin to head East this afternoon reaching Southern Utah by Saturday morning.  Southern Colorado will see light snow late tonight and gradually turn heavy by mid day Saturday and Sunday.  Strong pressure gradient and SW winds will potentially put substantial amounts in the 4 corners especially Wolf Creek, Taos, Silverton (15-22) and as far north as Crested Butte (9-14) who should all see decent amounts.  The Northern Wasatch of Utah will not see moderate snow until later Saturday night with amounts in the 9-14 inch range likely by Sunday favoring areas such as Sundance, Big Cottonwood Canyon (Brighton) and the Park City.

The initial and bulk of moisture will be in the 4 corners as well as the Central Mountains (Crested Butte, Monarch, and to some effect Aspen). One area of interest is that the winds shift more Westerly Sunday during the day as well as Sunday night which gives areas along I-70 especially Beaver Creek (14 inches yesterday), a good bet at some moderate snow.

The Chase? – please visit my buddies site at powderchasers.com for the full report. 

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