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Powderchaser: Two Feet Predicted for the Pacific Northwest

Powderchaser: Two Feet Predicted for the Pacific Northwest

[ March 11, 2010 - 2:29pm ]
Powder Turns at Crystal Mountain
We've waited all winter for these storms, and finally, in March, they have arrived. Washington, Oregon, BC, Utah, Colorado, and California are all getting snow this weekend. Check out powder-day forecasts here.

A sigh of relief for the Northwest after an extensive dry spell comes to an end: A powerful storm will stall over western Washington, Oregon, and BC today through Friday evening bringing snow totals to 12-24 inches by Saturday morning. Mount Baker at 7:30 AM today had picked up five inches in the past four hours and it just started to snow at Crystal Mountain. Snow levels will be very low making for mid winter conditions. I would pick Friday for storm ski pick of the week.
The Sierra will see moderate snow starting Friday late morning turning heavy late in the day with a powder day in the bets for Saturday morning (11-15 inches). Snow levels will be very high Friday making for some wet springtime conditions however a sharp cold front will put a good 4-8 inches of dry fluff on top of that by Saturday morning.
The Rockies get into the action by Saturday afternoon with moderate snow likely in the four corners area. There’s a decent chance of 5-11 inches in Utah’s Wasatch by Sunday morning. The weather forecast is not calling for much in the northern mountains, however I have a suspicion that things might shape up better for Utah and even areas of Wyoming and Idaho by late in the weekend. The most snow will still fall in the southern sections of the forecast, which has been the trend all season. Colorado reported fresh snow at all but just two resorts this morning and Silverton and Wolf Creek are just six inches apart on base depths in the 125 range making them even by my standards of who and where they measure snow.
Long Range? Snow showers might linger in the Rockies on Monday before high pressure settles in next week with a hint of a storm by Thursday. Snowfall appears to be increasing across Europe and with rain in the forecast for Hawaii lets keep our fingers crossed for a wet March.

The Chase:  My chase would include Mount Baker, Crystal, Stevens Pass in Washington for Friday or Saturday.  I would hit the Tahoe Basin on Saturday morning and head to the four corners of Colorado for Sunday. Telluride picked up over 20 inches this week so next weekend could be epic. For more from the Powderchaser, check out

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