It’s been a good winter so far for the northern Rockies. Areas of northern Colorado are reporting 130 percent of average snowpack, Wyoming is above 150 percent of average and Montana is 130–150 percent of average. Utah has not seen as much snow, but is now at or just above 100 percent of average, and Idaho is also reporting figures at or just above 100 percent of average snowpack.
Two additional storms will add to these numbers over the next week.
The first storm will move through from Wednesday night through Friday afternoon. It will first strike Idaho and Montana, then will move south and east toward Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Most areas will see about 4–8”, which elevations over 6,000 feet seeing the most snow due to the somewhat warmer accompanying this storm.
Following a dry weekend, the second storm will take a similar track to the first storm and will again dump 3–6 or 4–8” on Monday through Tuesday.
After this storm, it is likely that the northern Rockies will see little or no precipitation from about the 12th through the 16th. Then stormy and colder weather might return for the week of the 17th through the 21st. Overall, it looks like much of the Rockies will be offer great skiing through at least the latter part of March.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.