The best snow conditions often come during times of consistent snowfall. While one-and-done type of storms can produce big totals and a good powder day, it’s the consistently stormy periods that really excite my fellow powder snobs and me. And that’s what we have coming up!
Last week, the southern mountains of Colorado (called the “San Juans”) experienced a consistently stormy pattern that led to three powder days at Wolf Creek and a storm total of 48 inches.
This week, a few storms moving from northwest to southeast will cross Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and northern Colorado. These areas won’t experience any big dumps, but they will see a few inches with each passing storm and this should improve conditions heading into the weekend at places like Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, and Steamboat. Utah will get brushed by these storms, but accumulations will be low.
A much more powerful storm will move through Utah and Colorado next week, around Wednesday February 20th. While it’s too soon to speculate about amounts, it looks like a hefty system and I think some mid-week powder days will be in order.
The best news of all is that this consistently stormy pattern should continue through most of the remainder of February. If you haven’t had a day of deep snow this season, the next two weeks could offer you a good chance of ending your personal powder drought.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.