Powder Alert: Heavy Snow Possible in Northwest, and Eventually the Rockies

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 6, 2013 2:16 pm

POWDERCHASERS  does not mind pulling the trigger early on powder alerts especially after a dry week that settled into most of the west with the exception of the San Juan’s of NM/CO (Taos, Wolf Creek, Sante Fe) who saw 12-18 inches on Monday.  We are hungry for more FACESHOTS like the Crystal Mountain Video attached (please see our chase from 2 weeks ago). 

We hope to make videos for every chase this year! As some triva, our snowpack in the West is significantly above last season (Sierra, Cascades, Utah). First hand reports from Snowmass and Vail are reporting decent powder! Although, Steamboat takes the lead on snowfall for Colorado with over 105 inches in December alone.

 Northwest: The models are starting to show some hope for the Cascades beginning on Sunday night  (Moderate snow with warm temperatures) into Monday with better hope for fluff (COLD SMOKE) by Wednesday.   This will also impact Northern and Central Idaho (Heaviest Monday and again late Tuesday-Colder).  If I had to pick a few days in the Cascades it would be Monday (Dense snow) or Wednesday (Lighter density).  Amounts will be me moderate to occasionally heavy.  

Sierra: The Sierra sees a piece of energy drop down Saturday night into Sunday with my projections at 3

-6 inches near I-80 and perhaps 4-8 further south towards Kirkwood.  The bulk of the moisture heads south over Mammoth (5-11) so that might be a chase pick for Sunday.  Much colder air filters into the Sierra by Wednesday with a cold front bringing additional light snow.    

Rockies:  I hate to use the word “flurries” but expect it on Monday unitl a better system breaking away from the Northwest edges towards the Tetons, Northwest Montana and Eastern Idaho as early as Tuesday (light snow). This will continue through Thursday and intensify.  Snowfall will pick up in the Tetons with a cold front on Thursday Morning and eventually hitting the Wasatch of Utah by mid day.   Amounts in the Tetons might not be significant early next week with some glimmer of hope for a powder day by Thursday!  The Wasatch will likely see a powder day Thursday/Friday with moderate amounts (Perhaps more).  Colorado will see moderate to perhaps heavy snow by Friday/Saturday next week (Statewide)!   Updates will be coming as we get closer!


Light snow tonight will return on Monday across Northern VT/NH (2-5) before a stronger system impacts New England on Thursday!  This system could bring decent moisture however temperatures are expected to be on the warm side.

Stay tuned to the next chase and feel free to post your videos!  

Powdechaser Steve