3.2 Snow Before You Go: Powder Refills for Tahoe & Northwest

3.2 Snow Before You Go - ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

3.2 Snow Before You Go: Powder Refills for Tahoe & Northwest

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The storm track leaves the West warm and dry until a storm system breaks down the pattern over the weekend. In the Northeast, a strong storm system moves through Thursday-Friday leaving a dry, cold pattern in its wake for the weekend. 

Pacific Northwest: This is where the most consistent snowfall occurs over the next five days. Three different storm systems deliver consistent, heavy snowfall to the Cascades and higher volcanoes through next Tuesday. 

Whistler/Blackcomb: A great five-day stretch with three different storm systems delivering heavy snow accumulations. 

California: High pressure dominates until Saturday night into Sunday when a storm arrives from the Pacific Northwest. Moderate to heavy snow is likely at that point in Tahoe with less as you go south to Mammoth. A secondary storm system arrives Monday-Tuesday with snow accumulation.

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Northern Idaho (and extreme northwest Montana) get clipped by a few different waves of snow between Thursday-Saturday, while the rest of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have to wait for the main storm system arriving on Saturday. Moderate to heavy snowfall continues Sunday, Monday and likely Tuesday with a secondary storm system. Schweitzer and Whitefish are in good position throughout. Jackson Hole and Sun Valley are in good position Sunday-Tuesday. 

Colorado, Utah: High pressure dominates until Sunday afternoon into Monday when a storm system delivers light to moderate snowfall and high winds. This is more of a glancing blow then a direct hit as the main storm system tracks north of the area. The pattern turns dry again afterwards. Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Park City, Steamboat and Loveland are in good position between Sunday and Monday.   

Northeast: A strong storm system on Wednesday-Thursday delivers rain and light snowfall to the ski areas. An Alberta Clipper may brush the area with light snow on Friday. Then it's cold and mostly dry (a few flurries) on Saturday-Sunday. Another clipper is possible on Monday. 

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