This has been a season of two parts.
The northern part of the Rockies has been blessed with snow. Parts of Montana and Wyoming are reporting 125-150 percnet of average snowpack, while northern Colorado is solidly in the 125 percent range. Even northern Utah and parts of Idaho are reporting about average snowpack.
However, the same good news is not true in the southern Rockies. After a great start to the season, Arizona and New Mexico are now showing just 50 percent of average snow while southern Utah is at about 75 percent of average and southern Colorado is between 80–100 percent of average.
The storm track favoring the northern areas will continue through the weekend, with most of the moisture and storm energy sticking to Colorado and points north. Montana and northern Idaho will see snow on Thursday into Friday, and again on Sunday morning, but amounts will be light, likely under 6". This storm will also clip Colorado, where a few inches will likely fall from Friday night through Saturday night.
The better news for the entire Rocky Mountain region is that stormy weather will become more consistent after March 26th, with a few storms likely to create powder days between the 26th and the first few days of April. Let’s hope that this forecast holds, and check back for an update next week.
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.