2.16 Snow Before You Go - ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

2.16 Snow Before You Go: 3 Storms, 3 Feet

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Three storms are lined up for the West Coast, guided by a strong jet stream. Smaller pieces of those storms will move across the Intermountain West along with abnormally warm air. In the Northeast, it turns cold and dry after a coastal storm departs on Thursday.  

California: Three different storm systems are lined up between Thursday and next Tuesday. Each delivers heavy rain and snow above 7,000 ft. plus high wind gusts. Tahoe ski areas south to Mammoth can expect 1-2 feet of snow accumulation from each storm. I expect this storm cycle to push Heavenly, Kirkwood and Mammoth over the 500-inch mark for the season so far. 

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: The three storms hitting the West Coast will deliver significant snowfall to the ski areas in all three states. The first storm delivers moderate to heavy snow on Thursday and Friday. The second storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow between Saturday and Sunday. The third storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow on Monday, Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Grand totals by Tuesday range from 1-2 feet with a few localized pockets of 3 feet. Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are all in great position through the weekend.  

Colorado, Utah: Of the three storm systems hitting the West Coast, only pieces of each will survive the trip into Colorado and Utah. The first wave of snow affects primarily Utah on Thursday night through Friday with light accumulations in the Wasatch. Some light snow might affect western Colorado on Friday morning then it dries up. Temperatures are so warm that a percentage of this snow may fall as rain in the mountain valleys. The second storm spreads light to moderate snow into Utah between Friday evening and Saturday continuing into Sunday. There will be breaks in the snow. Like the first storm, only a percentage of this snow affects western Colorado between Friday evening and Sunday. The better chance of snow in Colorado arrives on the tail end of the second storm between Sunday and Monday morning. The third storm arrives in Utah on Tuesday night continuing on Wednesday with moderate snow accumulations. That moisture then moves into Colorado.  

Pacific Northwest: Heavy rain, freezing rain, and snow is likely through weekend because of three different storm systems. Warm air will push snow levels high initially. Beware of wet avalanches.   

Whistler/Blackcomb: Heavy snow is likely through Friday mixing with rain at times. A break in the precipitation occurs Saturday followed a return of snow/rain on Sunday and Monday.  

Northeast: After a strong coastal storm on Thursday, conditions turn much drier on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures stay cold through the weekend. Take advantage of the new snow on Thursday and Friday at the ski areas. Accumulations appear moderate to heavy at Mount Snow, Killington, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Okemo and Jay Peak. 

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