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Powderchaser: This Week's Forecast

Powderchaser: This Week's Forecast

[ February 15, 2010 - 1:18am ]
Eben Mond at Loveland, Colorado
Just in time for the Olympics, snow is coming all over the West, with Jackson and Grand Targhee already reporting nine inches and up to seven inches heading toward Utah.

The cumulative events of several disturbances in the northern Rockies will finally provide significant snowfall for areas that have not seen deep snow in several weeks. The pattern during Olympic week will favoring the northern Rockies during the seven-day period with the heaviest dumps this weekend followed by another good blast Wednesday and Thursday. More snow is possible by next weekend as well. As of 7 am today Grand Targhee and Jackson were reporting approx eight inches overnight (5-9 additional fell yesterday) with snow continuing through tonight (an additional 2-5).
In Colorado, areas favored by this pattern will include Steamboat, Vail, and to some extent Winter Park and Loveland (especially later in the week). Steamboat is reporting over seven inches last night where orographics should enhance today and again by midweek. This is a welcome pattern change for the north as the bulk of the storms this season have been soaking the south with epic conditions.
The Wasatch will see a consistent series of 4-7 inch events this week with decent wind loading making conditions even better (best will be today, Wednesday/Thursday and perhaps next weekend).
The chase? My chase picks of the week will include Grand Targhee, Jackson, Steamboat, Vail.  Stay alert for rapid changes as several impulses can often bring surprise moderate dumps as we saw last night and anticipated snowfall every 48 hours through at least Thursday.
Olympic Forecast: Rain at lower elevations and light snow will turn heavy tonight (great upper elevation dump) however from mid mountain at Whistler to the base rain and a rain/snow mix are likely. The area mountains surrounding Vancouver should see mostly rain today and tonight. There is  hint of lowering snow levels by Monday. High pressue will finally settle in to the Northwest by mid week! My guess is that most of the Alpine events will be delayed until at least Monday/Tuesday. —Powderchaser Steve

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