Powder alert for the Rockies

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 19, 2011 8:48 am

Check out powderchasers.com for powder alerts and where you can expect to ski and snowboard in the deep stuff.  Winter continues to provide so don’t hang up the ski just yet….


Spring is continuing to show La Nina at it’s strength as continuous waves of pacific moisture will continue to dominate the pattern for the next week. Currently a very moist system is moving overhead in Utah with rain at the base of Alta and dense snow towards upper elevations. This system will deepen Monday night and turn colder after midnight where medium density snow will fall on very dense layers below.  You can expect 4-9 inches of good quality snow on top of 5-10 inches of slop my Tuesday morning.  Avalanche danger will rise significantly with these dense layers and flooding will be possible at lower elevations around Salt Lake City.    Snow will taper off on Tuesday in the Wasatch by 11 AM.  


In Colorado snow will continue to fall today above 10,000 feet with a significant decrease in temps by Tuesday at 4am.   I would stick to higher elevations such as the top of Vail, Copper, Loveland, A-Basin, Breckenridge for some possible decent freshies on Tuesday morning.  The snow will fall through about 2 PM.  Total snowfall in these areas will be in the 9-12 inch range however upper elevations will be significantly favored and lower elevations will have very dense snow.  Some rain is possible today at lower elevations! 


Extended Powder?  Check out powderchasers.com for the complete forecast…