The New Year started off with lots of snow for the northern Rockies, but it’s been dry since January 14th, and this won’t change until the final few days of the month.
On the bright side, two weak storms will bring snow to eastern Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico on Wednesday the 22nd and again Sunday the 26th. Each storm will provide a few inches of accumulation, with most of the snow falling east of the continental divide, away from the major ski areas.
Looking ahead, the pattern will change around Wednesday, January 29th as the ridge of high pressure weakens and storms start to move into the west from the Pacific Ocean.
The first system has the best chance of bringing snow to Montana, Wyoming and northern Colorado on the 29th, and then another storm (or two) could follow on its heels with additional snow later in the week through Super Bowl weekend.
I don’t want to get too excited about snowfall that is still 10+ days away as of the time of this writing, but any change in the weather pattern will be better than what we have now, so hopefully things should be looking up.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.