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2.1 Snow Before You Go: Powder Surfing on Waves of Snow

2.1 Snow Before You Go: Powder Surfing on Waves of Snow- ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The jet stream remains active for the intermountain West through the weekend into next week with three to four waves of snowfall. Unfortunately, it all stays north of California. In the Northeast, there are two chances for snowfall at the ski areas. 

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Three to four waves of snow are lined up over the next seven days. The timing keeps snow accumulating on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I'm forecasting feet of accumulation. Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are bullseye locations. One caveat: lower elevation ski areas may have rain mix in this weekend and next week at times. 

Colorado, Utah: There are three to four waves of snow lined up over the next seven days. Not all of those directly hit Utah, but the central and northern mountains of Colorado are more of a bullseye for them all. The first wave hits the central and northern mountains of Colorado on Thursday with light to moderate snow accumulation. The second wave hits both Utah and Colorado between Friday night and Saturday. Moderate snow accumulation in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah; heavy snow accumulation in the central and northern mountains of Colorado. The third wave hits Utah and Colorado between Saturday night and Sunday. Light to moderate snow accumulation in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah; moderate to heavy snow accumulation in the central and northern mountains of Colorado. The fourth wave hits on Monday with heavy snow accumulation in Colorado and light to moderate accumulation in Utah. This will be a banner stretch for Steamboat, Buffalo Pass, Rocky Mountain National Park, Cameron Pass and potentially Snowbasin. 

Pacific Northwest: The pipeline of moisture continues over the next seven days. But, with the pipeline comes warm temperatures. Snow levels may get pushed up to 7,500 feet over the weekend. Above that elevation, heavy snow is likely on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I'm forecasting 2-4 feet of snow accumulation on the highest Cascades and volcanoes.  

Whistler Blackcomb: It's a moist flow over the next seven days, but it's also a little warm. Rain may mix in lower on the mountain throughout the weekend cutting down on snow totals. Higher on the mountain, I'm forecasting heavy snow accumulation between Thursday and Tuesday. 

Northeast: Light snow brushes the ski areas on Thursday and Friday. A second potentially stronger storm system delivers light to moderate snow on Sunday-Monday. 

California: The jet stream is tracking too far north. That means a dry 7 day stretch.  

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