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By Meteorologist Chris Bianchi
Wednesday, March 13, 2018:
Hello and hope you’ve all been enjoying the bluebird weather! A couple snow chances are in play later this week, and both should have the weekend bookended by fresh snow!
First, a sharp Pacific cold front will give us a burst of snow on Thursday, with lingering snow showers through early Friday. That should set up the weekend with some fresh powder!
After an incredibly warm Wednesday, we’ll start as some rain showers at the base (snow levels will be around or slightly above 10,000’ initially) and snow up top for most of the mountain on Thursday morning. By late Thursday, it’ll be all snow throughout the mountain as the front slides through.
Look for 3-6 inches of snow Thursday night into Friday morning (shown below), with the majority of that coming overnight Thursday into Friday, so Friday first chair is looking great!
Leftover snow on Friday will keep the day mostly cloudy with lighter accumulations possible here, but slow clearing will have Friday night clear and feeling like winter again after Wednesday’s warmth.
Saturday is a seasonably cold but sunny day, and with the snow Thursday and Friday, ski conditions are looking great throughout the day! Increasing clouds will arrive Saturday afternoon ahead of our next system, and the snow returns Saturday night into Sunday morning.
This one is looking lighter than our first storm, as the majority of the snow is up in Wyoming and Utah with this storm (shown below). Look for 1-3” of snow late Saturday into early Sunday! Right now, first chair Sunday is looking like we should have some powder, but this may change if our storm system moves further north and away from our area. Clearer, calmer weather returns later on Sunday and through Monday and Tuesday.
If you’re driving up on Friday early in the day, you may run into some snow on 285 and Highway 50 earlier in the day, but you shouldn’t have any issues after noon. Your drive back on Sunday may have some snow earlier in the day, but you’ll probably be best off skiing a full day and avoiding the snow! You shouldn’t have any weather-related issues getting back after noon on Sunday.
There are hints of continued pushes of moisture into California and the West Coast next week, which could be favorable for us. Right now, I’m not seeing anything particularly major next week, but some lighter snow may return to the picture (shown below for next Tuesday-Wednesday).
Both the European and American (GFS) models have some snow returning to the region perhaps by next weekend. I’ll have more details on that system next week!
Enjoy the snow this week!
- Meteorologist Chris Bianchi