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Powderchaser: Late-Season Storms

Powderchaser: Late-Season Storms

[ April 27, 2010 - 11:35am ]
Snowbird Late-Season Powder
Just when you thought winter was coming to an end, the entire country is getting pummeled again. Utah's Wasatch is expecting 18 to 20 inches of new snow, Maine is getting nailed with nine inches, Colorado's Front Range is getting another dusting, and California's Sierra is calling for 14 to 20 inches. Head to Snowbird, Squaw Valley, A-Basin, or Sugarloaf—which are all still open—to get the goods.

Over a dozen resorts remain open, as an epic April continues to extend the season in many areas. The next winter storm has characteristics of something we might see in mid March and yet somehow it's almost May and we are going to see low snow levels and 14-20 inches at many resorts especially the northern Sierra and Wasatch. Maine and New Hampshire will see snow with Sugarloaf extending their season and up to a foot of new snow expected by Wednesday morning.  Snow and rain will begin in the Sierra on Tuesday afternoon and turn heavy by Wednesday morning with all snow expected to the base areas with low snow levels (14-18 inch powder day on top).

Utah’s Wasatch will see temps go from as high as 70 in Park City, and 55 at Alta on Tuesday to the mid 20s by Wednesday night and Thursday. Snow will break out early Wednesday morning turning heavy by the afternoon and continuing into Thursday/Friday (storm totals in the 18-20 inch range by Friday).

Colorado will see snow on Thursday and Friday with the best conditions around Loveland and A-Basin on Friday morning and perhaps even Saturday as some snow should continue to fall into the weekend. What puts this storm on the map is snow levels that are going to mirror mid March.
The Powder Chase:
Wednesday morning:  Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows for West Coaster; Sugarloaf, Maine for those East Coasters.
Wednesday night:  Snowbird, Utah, beginning to get deep however the snow will be still be falling on top of crust.
Thursday morning: Snowbird getting deeper and snow level dropping to the valley.
Friday:  Head to Loveland or A-Basin in Colorado. Or, in Utah, Snowbird could see continued low density snow on top of the 12-15 inches from the previous 48 hours.
Saturday: Colorado resorts continuing to see light snow especially near the Front Range.

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