This week in weather: Prime powder days in store for the Northern Rockies, PNW & the Northeast
The Northwest and the Northern Rockies will be prime time places to be this week, as hefty accumulations continue to stack up day over day. Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, in particular, are looking at spectacular, powder-filled days, the highlight undoubtedly being Jackson Hole, where anywhere from 21-43 inches are projected to fall by the end of the week.
Read on to see what’s going down in your zone, courtesy of the our friends at Open Snow.
The Pacific Northwest
The hefty storm system that kicked off in the PNW yesterday is expected to continue hammering the region throughout the week, bringing 9 to 41 inches of snow to areas in WA like Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass and Alpental, while Mt. Baker is shaping up to be a powder fiend’s dream, with anywhere from 36 to 63 inches of fresh gracing its slopes. Another storm is expected to move in as the weekend rolls around, dropping an additional 16 to 22 inches of snow to Mt. Baker on Saturday night.
In Oregon, Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, and Mount Bachelor all have a chance of seeing 15 to 29 inches from Tuesday night through Thursday night.
The Northern Rockies
Snow is expected to start falling in Idaho on Tuesday night, continuing on through Friday night. The majority of the state should see about 5 to 13 inches, though huge snow totals are expected for Schweitzer (16 to 29 inches) and Silver Mountain (17 to 39 inches).
Over in Wyoming the forecast is similar, with snow falling throughout the week, dropping anywhere from 21 to 43 inches on Jackson Hole alone. Grand Targhee, for its part, is looking at 22 to 42 inches when all is said and done.
Not one to get left out, Montana is also looking at a killer week of snowfall, with totals in the 7 to 17 inch range for Discovery Ski Area, Montana Snowbowl, and Turner Mountain by the end of the week.
With snow kicking off Thursday evening, resorts across Vermont — Jay Peak, Burke Mountain and Stowe in particular — should wake up to 5-10 inches of fresh on Friday morning. New Hampshire is upping the ante, however, as Attitash, Cannon, Cranmore and Loon Mountain are expecting anywhere from 9 to 14 inches over the same time period.
Maine will top the charts in New England this week, however, as Mt. Jefferson is looking at an addition of 12 to 19 inches, while Sugarloaf should see 11 to 19 inches and Saddleback can expect 11 to 17 inches from Thursday through Friday morning.
The snow just keeps on coming. Colorado, which has been enjoying hefty accumulations day after day, can expect even more snowfall throughout the week to come. While temps are rising in Denver and Boulder, the snow will continue where it counts, as Wednesday night brings yet another dose, resorts like Steamboat and Winter Park predicted to see 5 to 12 inches through Thursday night, while Copper Mountain, Vail, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin are all expecting 3 to 8 inches.
The entire state can expect to see new snow next Thursday and Friday, so now’s the time to plan ahead for some powder days!
Snow will begin to fall across UT Wednesday night, with up to 5-10 inches predicted to fall in the Cottonwoods and PC mountains. 10-16 inches of heavy, wet snow are expected to gather in Utah’s mountains by Friday, and while Saturday looks to warm up, another dose of cold is expected to hit on Sunday.
Getting to the specifics, it looks as though Powder Mountain and Beaver Mountain may each see 8 to 17 inches of snow through Thursday night, while Snowbird, Alta, Canyons, and Park City are expected to receive anywhere from 7-14 inches.
Though last week brought a long awaited reprieve from dry weather for Tahoe, this week may bring the dry spell back, with the region’s next chance for snow in the Sierra not expected until Saturday night.
Another cold week is in store for the Midwest, as is a wave of storms that should bring a small dose of snow to the region. As each storm seems to be targeting a different area, the majority of the Midwest should see at least a little bit of action. A storm is heading to N. Wisconsin and the Eastern UP Wednesday, and is expected to bring up just about an inch.
A larger system is projected to hit N. Minnesota Thursday morning, allowing for a solid 2-4 inch accumulation in MN as well as Wisconsin and the western parts of the UP. Daily Snow meteorologist Andrew Murray notes that the storm will sticking right around the Canadian border, so the higher north you go, the more snow you’re going to see.
As Eaglecrest forecaster Sarah Cannard notes, the week to come in AK is shaping up to be a cold one. Arctic air will be moving continuously towards Juneau, meaning the path to warming temps will be a long one. However, as temps do rise, so does the chance for snowfall. Light accumulation is predicted to gather Wednesday through Friday, and though it will be minimal, it will be a nice change from the icy temps of the first half of the week.
Alyeska is looking at a bit more promising projection as far as snowfall is concerned, with 1-9 inches predicted for Wednesday through Thursday night, followed by up to another 11 inches Friday through Saturday night. Sunday holds out hope of an additional 11, meaning Alyeska may be in for a stellar weekend of powder slashin’.