The storm track finally shifted last week and this new weather pattern is spreading the snow further south than what we have seen recently. The first storm moved through last weekend, bringing one to three feet of snow to the Rockies. Montana and the Tetons of Wyoming saw 18 to 30 inches with up to a foot in Utah and 15 inches recorded at Aspen and Monarch in Colorado.
With that snow fresh in people’s minds, the next storm is taking shape off the west coast and will follow a more southerly route on Thursday through Saturday. A surge of moisture will move off the Pacific and bring over a foot of snow to Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado by Friday evening.
This southern storm won’t be alone, however, as another one or two weaker storms will move through the central and northern Rockies during the weekend, also touching off some snow in these areas.
After a brief break on Saturday into Saturday night, the active pattern will continue with the next storm moving into Wyoming, Utah and Colorado from Sunday into Monday. And in what sounds like the writing from a broken record, yet another storm should take the same route during the middle of next week.
Overall, this is a great weather pattern with consistent cool air and chances for snow every few days. Most resorts will have a good bit of their terrain open by the holiday break, which is great news as you look for lots of acres to play on.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.