12.15 Snow Before You Go

12.15 Snow Before You Go: More Deep Days by the Foot

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

I'm forecasting a snowy five-day stretch for the West and to some extent the Northeast. Very cold air will pour into the Northeast first and then the West second. Avalanche danger by this weekend will run high to extreme across parts of the West.    

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: Heavy snow spreads over all three states on Thursday continuing through Friday and ending Saturday morning. The biggest accumulations will occur at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee: 1-3 feet total. Big powder day on Saturday in Wyoming. Sun Valley, Big Sky, Red Lodge, Bridger Bowl and Discovery are in good position for moderate to heavy snow accumulations.

Colorado, Utah: A large, windy storm system arrives Thursday night continuing through Friday and into Saturday morning. Expect high winds, rapidly falling temperatures and 1-2 feet of total accumulation at the ski areas of the Wasatch Front by Saturday afternoon. I like Snowbasin, Alta, Snowbird and Solitude. In Colorado, 1-2 feet of accumulation by Saturday afternoon at the ski areas. I like Aspen, Snowmass, Steamboat, Vail, Loveland, Winter Park, Purgatory and Wolf Creek. Avalanche danger in both states will be high to extreme.   

California: I'm forecasting heavy snow and 100-mph wind gusts from Thursday afternoon through Friday and ending on Saturday morning. Important: You will have to be above 8,000 feet, otherwise the risk of rain/snow is high. Total accumulations of 1-2 feet at Tahoe south to Mammoth. 

Pacific Northwest: The period starts out slow and the snow eventually picks up on Sunday and gets heavier on Monday-Tuesday with 1-2 feet in the high Cascades and volcanoes between Sunday and Tuesday.  

Northeast: Temps will run in the single digits on Thursday and below zero on Friday. Light snow spreads over New England through Thursday, followed by a moderate snowfall from late Friday through Saturday. A warmer storm with both rain and snow arrives on Sunday and exits Monday morning. For the best powder skiing on Saturday and early Sunday before any possible rain/snow mix arrives, I like Killington, Mount Snow, Jay Peak and Sugarloaf.  

Whistler/Blackcomb: I don't see much until Monday-Tuesday when heavy snow accumulations appear likely.   

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