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High Elevation Powder Potential for Easter Weekend: 4.18 Snow B4U Go

17th April 2019 | Meteorologist Chris Tomer

News Regions: Banff, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Alberta, British Columbia, Colorado, California, Canada, Rocky Mountains, Northeast

Resorts in this article: Breckenridge, Loveland, Whistler Blackcomb

High Elevation Powder Potential for Easter Weekend: 4.18 Snow B4U Go- ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The pattern out west is starting to shift further north and settle down. Temperatures are also starting to warm and the spring snowmelt is underway at the very lowest of valley locations. The best new snow will fall on the highest elevation peaks and ski areas. 

In the Northeast, one large storm system will initially push abnormally warm air into the region followed by colder air. The best skiing on Easter occurs in the Tetons, central and northern mountains of Colorado, Wasatch and High Uintas of Utah.    

A weak El Niño continues in the equatorial South Pacific. The consensus of data suggests a 65 percent chance it continues through summer.

Ski Resorts Still Open 

Pacific Northwest Weather

This is where the storm track is currently anchored. Three storm systems are lined up over the next five days. Snow levels will run high. Heavy snow accumulation on the volcanoes and high Cascades.

Best odds for good skiing in the next five days, April 18, 2019.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Best odds for good skiing in the next five days, April 18, 2019.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho Weather

Two storm systems are lined up over the next five days. Both are warmer storm systems, so the best snow accumulation will be at higher elevations. The first storm system drops in from the north on Friday into Idaho and Montana then into Wyoming by Saturday morning. Light to moderate snow accumulation. The second storm system is small and hits Idaho and Montana on Monday then into Wyoming by Monday night. Light snow accumulation. A third storm system is possible Wednesday-Thursday. The best ski days for new snow are Saturday and Sunday.

Colorado, Utah Weather

The next storm system arrives Saturday afternoon through Sunday. It's a warm storm system. Moderate snow accumulation at the higher elevations. Look to the Wasatch and High Uintas in Utah and the central and northern mountains of Colorado. The best ski days for new snow are Saturday/Sunday in Utah and Sunday/Monday in Colorado. 

Great season continues at Alta, Utah with the most snow since the 2010/2011 ski season. Alta averages 563” per winter and sits at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC), a very snowy place. The geology and geography of LCC combine to produce very interesting meteorology.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Great season continues at Alta, Utah with the most snow since the 2010/2011 ski season. Alta averages 563” per winter and sits at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC), a very snowy place. The geology and geography of LCC combine to produce very interesting meteorology.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Whistler Blackcomb/Coastal Range Weather

Two to three storm systems are lined up over the next five days, but snow levels will run high at times. The wind direction is not optimal. Moderate snow accumulations higher on the mountain.

Ski Season Projected Closing Dates

Banff Weather

Two storm systems are lined up over the next five days. Look for moderate to heavy snow accumulation between Thursday and Saturday morning. Then another shot of moderate snow accumulation between Sunday night and Tuesday. Potentially a third storm system arrives on Wednesday. 

Northeast Weather

Temperatures turn abnormally warm on Thursday and Friday ahead of a large storm system. Rain is likely at the ski areas on Friday then colder air wraps in on Saturday-Sunday with light snow accumulation possible.

California Weather

The storm track has shifted north and weakened. I'm only expecting one small chance for rain/snow on Saturday afternoon-night.  

Tomer’s Take for the Best Skiing This Weekend

 

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