20-30 Inches Expected Over Idaho and Wyoming by Saturday

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 28, 2011 12:46 am

The Northwest stays very wet this week with rain at lower elevations and moderate snow at upper elevations above 5,000 feet. Crystal Mountain had heavy rain at the base this morning according to automated weather sites and Mount Baker there appears to be 8 inches of wet snow at mid mountain.  Snow and rain will continue this week with dropping snow levels by Saturday bringing a good chance of some lighter density snow worth the chase there by the weekend (Another 5-9 inches).

ROCKIES POWDER ALERT:    Light snow is already falling in the Tetons this morning at the Idaho/Wyoming border with automated sites reporting 2- 3 inches at upper elevations of Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Temps are warming considerably where It is currently 29 degrees at the base of Jackson Hole.  Heavy snow will move into the Sawtooths (Sun Valley) late this morning through tonight with up to 15 inches expected at upper elevations of Sun Valley Ski Resort by Thursday.  Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee and Yosemite National Park will see the heaviest snow from 8PM tonight through 1PM Thursday with 11-15 inches of dense snow and moderate to strong ridgetop winds from the West/Southwest.   Tram operations could have brief delays!   Thursday will be a wet storm ski day!

Snow will lighten late Thursday with the next round of heavy snow coming on Friday/Saturday with temperatures dropping and what appears to be another 9-11 inches for 1st tracks on Saturday morning of medium density snow at both Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.   Both will be great picks however with the higher elevations at Grand Targhee snow density might edge a bit lighter?

Long Term:  Light snows expected over New England Resorts this weekend with a good chance of slightly higher amounts on Monday/Tuesday next week. The Rockies fall under high pressure early next week and unfortunately in the long term the zonal pattern does not look great for the central Rockies and Sierra. The models show another Southern Storm late next week into the 4 corners that could affect Central and Southern Colorado.

The Chase is on for Wyoming and Idaho so please post your conditions under Powder Buzz on the website!  

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