Powder Alert: After 2 Feet of Pow in the Sierra, All Eyes are Glued on the Pacific Northwest Where 3-4 Feet Might Fall This Week!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 19, 2012 9:34 am

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SYNOPSIS:   The Sierra received up to 2 feet over the past 2 days however all attention this week is on the Pacific Northwest!  Snow is currently falling at or below most base elevations with Crystal Mountain reporting 12 inches at Green Valley this afternoon.  Snow will continue heavy at times through Monday night with rising snow levels (Rain- Snow Mix at the base areas as snow level rises Monday).  Total snowfall accumulations will be in the 20-30 inch range at upper elevations, 12-20 Midway, and 7-14 at the base by Wednesday. Northern Idaho with the mountains North of Spokane will see 8-14 inches by Monday afternoon before changing to mainly rain at all lower elevations.    A brief break for Turkey day will give way to another colder system by next weekend into the Pacific Northwest.   The Sierra might see a mix of rain/snow by Tuesday as some of the Northwest Moisture filters in under warmer air. 

The Rockies are seeing light to moderate snow over the Wasatch of Utah and the Tetons tonight.  Snowbird has seen around 7 inches over the past 2 days and will pick up another 2-4 tonight.  Jackson Hole AVY Data  is showing 4-8 inches of new snow at upper elevations, 2-5 Mid, and mostly rain/snow mix at the base.  Light snow wil continue overnight into Monday morning.   Unfortunately for Colorado/Arizona/New Mexico there will very little if any powder this week.  The Tetons and areas in Montana should see some additional snow by Thanksgiving however amounts will be light to moderate.  

The Chase?  All eyes are glued to the Pacific Northwest who started the season with a bust!  If the models pan out like I see them, they might take the lead in snowfall by the end of this week.  The Sierra or the Southern Wasatch Range of Utah  would also be a good pic if you have Thanksgiving plans to ride as many resorts are opening new terrain there after recent snowfall.

Crystal Montain Mid Green Valley as of 4PM 11/18 and still dumping

It is still too early to get depressed if you have not seen much snow this season!  Lets revisit that thought in  mid December as a dry start does not always lead to a poor snow year!

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