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Powderchaser: Where it's Snowing This Week

Powderchaser: Where it's Snowing This Week

[ February 27, 2010 - 9:07pm ]
Powder Day at Crested Butte Comp
Our storm forecaster has good news: It's snowing in the Sierra and more snow is heading toward the Rockies. Here's a full report for this week.

The chase for powder is on. I just pulled into the Sierra where it's dumping at upper elevations and raining at lake level. The central and southern Sierra should pick up an additional 7-11 inches by Saturday as snow levels drop. The word on the street is that Squaw never opened the upper mountain on Friday so things should be buff under some freshies from tonight.
As for the Rockies? A storm system is tracking due southeast where it will center itself over Arizona on Saturday and slowly move into southern Colorado and Utah Saturday night and Sunday. Southern Colorado should pick up moderate snow especially on Sunday morning in areas favored by southerly flow such as  Wolf Creek and Durango and Crested Butte.  I am less optimistic about Telluride and Aspen however things might change late Sunday  when the winds shift to the north giving those areas a shot at 4-9 inches by daybreak on Monday.
The chase will include the Sierra for Saturday, Wolf Creek, for Sunday and Aspen for Monday (Wildcard). It is possible that areas along the southern front range will also see moderate snow favoring spots such as Monarch especially late on Sunday.
Long Term? More snow is possible on Thursday/Friday next week in the typical El Nino pattern of taking the southerly route. —Powderchaser Steve

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