A moist northwest flow has kept snow in the air along the spine of the Rockies, from Idaho and Montana southward to Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. One storm passed through this region earlier in the week, and another weaker storm will clip the eastern parts of these states on Thursday and Friday.
While a warmer, spring-like weekend sets up for most areas, another hard-to-forecast storm will begin to move toward the west coast. Earlier forecasts for this storm were split, with some taking it through the heart of the Rockies on Sunday night and Monday while others kept it north and thought it would only affect Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The good news is that the latest models are coming to a consensus that this storm should move far enough south to impact Utah and Colorado as well as points north, so these areas should expect another round of powder on Sunday night through Monday.
Many areas from central Idaho and Wyoming and north to Montana are sitting on a near-average snowpack for this time of year. And I’ll also include Arizona in this group, which benefited from recent southern storms. But Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico are still at about 75% of average. And while the ski conditions are still pretty darn good, these locations could use some luck to be on the receiving end of a few large March storms. This would be good for skiers as well as reservoirs.