3-4 Feet has Blessed the Northern Sierra and Up to 10 Inches at Upper Elevations of the Tetons and More Snow Moves in for the West and Rockies Through Thursday!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 24, 2012 10:26 am

Powder continues to pile up in the Sierra with a short break this evening after 3-4 feet has fallen at upper elevations and 2-3 feet at base areas.   The northern Sierra will see another moderate wave tonight from 11 PM to 5AM with an additional 5-9 inches before most of the energy moves east into the Wasatch.   Jackson Hole Mountain Resort reaped the benefits of high elevation pow with 10 inches recorded as of 5PM today.  More snow will fall in Jackson as colder air filters south however moisture and wind shifts will limit amounts to an additional 4-7 inches with snow reaching the valley floor by late Wednesday.   

In studying the weather plots and snow stakes scattered around the Wasatch it appears that the Northern Wasatch (Snowbasin and Powder) turned to all snow by 8am this morning (Started as rain) and 4-9 inches has fallen by press time.  The southern Wasatch (Alta, Brighton, Snowbird) have not seen significant snow however as colder air and NW winds begin by early Wednesday expect a good moderate to heavy dump of between 14-18 inches over the next 24 hours. 

Moisture eventually moves into the Northern Mountains of Colorado by Wednesday mid morning and continues into early Thursday. NOAA is not calling for more than 2-4 inches however I feel that certain isolated areas such as Steamboat (Upper mountain) and the Gore Range aroundVail could see higher amounts (5-9) The winds shift on Thursday to the North which will favor areas near the front range such as Winter Park, Loveland and A Basin (3-6 likely)
Extended:   Moisture returns to the Northwest as rain this weekend and eventually moves into the Sierra as wet snow at the highest peaks by the middle of next week.  This will eventually migrate into a wet pattern for the Rockies late next week extending further south than the current storm however temperatures will be on the warm side! 
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