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Powderchaser: Storm Warning

Powderchaser: Storm Warning

[ March 29, 2010 - 1:34pm ]
Loveland March
Our weather forecaster is calling for more big storms this spring, everywhere from the Pacific Northwest to the Wasatch to the Rockies. It's not too late to ski powder—get to Mount Baker or Crested Butte or Snowbird this week.

Spring has sprung where temps are expected to reach the high 70s by Tuesday in Denver however don't put the boards away yet as a powerful storm is going to pound the Northwest Monday and Tuesday with lowering snow levels and 9-15 inches in many spots (Mount Baker could be deep by Tuesday morning). The Sierra will see 8-14 inches by mid-week primarily up north. The low pressure tracks over Wyoming on Tuesday morning with very high winds from the Southwest favoring areas such as Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole with moderate snow likely during the day (3-6) and evening (4-8).

The Wasatch will see light snow and very strong winds Tuesday night and Wednesday (3-7 inches) however a strong cold front will shift all of the action to a Northwesterly flow by evening setting up a favorable pattern for 9-18 inches by Thursday morning (Cottonwood Canyons—Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude). In Colorado, moderate snow will fall over Crested Butte and perhaps Aspen on Wednesday however the deep won’t be seen until late Wednesday and Thursday where many areas might exceed 15 inches. The low pressure will stall in central Utah so my best guess would be areas like Aspen, Crested Butte, and Silverton will do very well on accumulations with a shift to the northern mountains on Thursday when Vail and Steamboat will see good dumpage. Snow will linger over Colorado on Friday with high pressure expected by the weekend and the hint of another storm by early next week. Unfortunately the East Coast gets washed out this week with 4-8 inches of rain expected in southern New England and some snow possible in northern Maine near the Canadian border.

THE CHASE? I would hit Mount Baker or Crystal on Tuesday (9-14 inches storm ski day) and plan on being at Jackson Hole or Targhee for Wednesday (7-12). Thursday will be the deepest day for the Wasatch (11-18) and perhaps even areas in south central Colorado such as Crested Butte, Silverton, Aspen (snowing that day). Late on Thursday could see decent dumpage in Summit County and areas closer to Denver so Friday could be your fourth day in a row for faceshots. The powder will get deeper as the week progresses. For more predictions from the Powderchaser, check out

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