Powder Alert: Northwest, Sierra, Central Idaho

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 10, 2012 6:56 pm

Hey Chasers, this is tough as I am injured with severe chest and rib injuries unable to chase my dreams of powder for several weeks however long range weather patterns are looking very good especially in the next 7 days for the Northwest, Sierra, and portions of Central Idaho and even the Wasatch and Colorado by next weekend!  Epic amounts are possible in many areas by mid and late this week! 

The Northwest has seen over 15 inches over the Northern fringes of Washington with Mount Baker getting the lions share of the snowfall as well as British Columbia where chaser John Rigby from Boston reports over a foot at the top of Whistler/ Blackcomb yesterday  Areas further South like Stevens and Crystal saw little snow however moderate amounts likely especially late today through Sunday (6-10).  Snow will turn heavier Sunday night into Monday with low snow levels worth a chase (11-18 inches) before several other warmer systems slam into the Pacific Wednesday through Friday (2-4 feet likely).  

A continuous plume of moisture over the Northwest stalls over central Idaho and the Northern Sierra for much of this week where areas like Sun Valley and Boise Ski areas will see 2-4 feet of wet snow especially Tuesday/Wednesday with some colder temperatures before warmer air moves in later in the week.

The Sierra will see light snow Sunday/Monday with an increase by Tuesday and continuing for much of the upcoming week. Snow levels will be high early in the week and drop by Friday afternoon with the passage of a cold front bringing a good chance of an EPIC alert for late this week into next weekend. Moisture amounts will increase substantially by this Tuesday with strong winds and rain at lower elevations. Snow quality will turn light by Friday where deep wet early week snow will provide a great cushion for the additional light density snow Friday/Saturday.

The Rockies will remain dry with some light snow likely over the Tetons midweek however most of the action stays in Central Idaho until late in the week where the models depict a decent flow of moisture over the Wasatch of Utah by Friday Night and into Colorado by Saturday.  This could be a good snow producer for many areas of Utah and Colorado next weekend.  The pattern shows moderate to occasionally heavy snow over Colorado continuing into the following week!

The Chase?    My chase if I could, would be the Northwest Sunday-Thursday, Sierra Friday/Saturday, and Utah or Colorado Saturday/Sunday

- Powderchaser Steve