11.17 Snow Before You Go: Winter Here at Last!

11.17.16 Snow Before You Go - ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Tune those skis! the storm track is finally shifting.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

After an abnormally warm and dry stretch across the Western U.S., the storm track is finally shifting. A dip in the jet stream delivers snow to much of the West on Wednesday and Thursday. This includes many ski resorts that have delayed openings and will finally now be able to open.

Western Canada continues as the place to be for the most consistent snowfall.

British Columbia/Western Canada: This is again the place to be for the heaviest, most consistent snowfall over the next five days. The mountains around Whistler/Blackcomb are in for a couple feet of snow accumulation. I'm not forecasting as much snow near Banff. Moderate accumulations over a five day period.

Colorado, Utah: Snow hits Utah on Wednesday and into Colorado on Thursday. Accumulations will be light to moderate. A few ski resorts might squeeze out an isolated 10" total. A second storm system arrives early next week. That storm looks light for Utah and heavier for Southern Colorado. 

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Snow hits Idaho and Montana on Wednesday moving into Wyoming on Thursday. Accumulations will be light to moderate. I'm forecasting a few heavier 12" pockets in Wyoming. Jackson Hole, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl and Red Lodge are in the best position. A second storm arrives between Sunday and Monday with light snow accumulations. 

California: After some light snow on Wednesday/Thursday, the next best chance of snow arrives Saturday, Sunday and trickling into Monday morning. Accumulations will be moderate to heavy. Tahoe is in position for a foot of accumulation during that time period. 

Washington, Oregon: After some snow on Wednesday/Thursday, I expect on/off light snow on Saturday, Sunday and Monday across the high peaks and volcanoes. Each day appears similar with a few inches of accumulation.

Northeast: The best chance for snow arrives Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Accumulations will be light to moderate for places like upstate New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and a little bit of Maine. Jay Peak is in good position.  

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