Last weekend felt much more like the middle of winter than the beginning of spring as cold temperatures and fresh snow created some of the best conditions of the season from Jackson Hole, WY south through much of Colorado. Unfortunately we’re heading back into a spring-like pattern with warming temperatures for the remainder of this week and weekend.
A ridge of high pressure will cover the Rockies through early next week, and this will deflect storms to the north and south of the region. With the high sun angle of late March, temperatures will be warm and the snow surface will go through a melt-freeze process that is typical for this time of year. The best conditions are usually found around midday after the sun has softened the snow but before the surface becomes too slushy. As long as you time your skiing and wear your sunscreen, springtime in the mountains can be fantastic.
One weak storm will sneak through the ridge and bring a few inches of snow to Wyoming, Montana, and northern Colorado Friday afternoon through Saturday morning. While accumulations will be light with that system, another more powerful storm should bring deeper snowfall to the central and southern Rockies on Monday and Tuesday. Southern Utah, southern Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico will be favored as this storm moves slowly through the region.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.
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