If you’re looking for powder this weekend and Christmas week then head West. The storm track remains active with three different storm systems taking aim at the Pacific Northwest, California and the intermountain West between Friday and Wednesday of next week.
Pacific Northwest: The parade of storm systems continues with heavy snow in the mountains and significant valley rains. It could be another 100 inches snowfall between Friday and next Tuesday.
California: The snowy pattern continues with three different storm systems lined up. The first hits the ski areas around Tahoe on Friday night continuing into Saturday. The second snow arrives Sunday into Monday followed by a third snowstorm that continues into Wednesday. How much accumulation? First storm: 4 to 10 inches at the Tahoe resorts. Second storm: 4 to 10 inches at the Tahoe resorts. The third snowfall is spread out over two days and could deliver 6 to 12 inches or more. So, a three-storm grand total could approach 3 feet at Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Sierra-at-Tahoe. Mammoth will also do well.
Wyoming, Montana & Idaho: Three different storm systems will affect Wyoming, Idaho and Montana between Friday and next Wednesday. The first storm lasts from Friday through Sunday morning with 3 to 8 inches of accumulation at the ski areas. The second storm hits Sunday through Monday with 3 to 6 additional inches. The third storm lasts from Monday night through Wednesday with 6 to 16 additional inches. Whitefish, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Red Lodge, Schweitzer, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee will all do very well.
Colorado & Utah: Most of Saturday is dry. A clipper-like storm hits Utah’s Wasatch on Saturday night into Sunday with 2 to 6 inches. That storm hits Colorado on Sunday with 1 to 5 inches at the ski areas. A second stronger storm hits Utah on Sunday night into Monday and continues through Tuesday, Wednesday and Christmas Eve. The ski resorts could see at least 6 inches each day. The four-day grand totals may approach 3 feet. That same storm hits Colorado starting on Monday and continues through Christmas Eve. The four-day grand totals may range from 1 to 3 feet. Overall, Utah and Colorado ski areas will do very well.
Northeast: A departing “warm” storm system on Thursday with rain/snow leaves Friday colder with a few snow showers and some lake-effect snows. Same kind of pattern on Saturday. Temps start to warm back up on Sunday. A new storm may bring rain/snow (mostly rain) late Sunday through Monday. Colder air sweeps in behind that storm on Tuesday with a few snow showers. Overall, the pattern remains lackluster.