3.16 Snow Before You Go: Look North for Fresh Powder

15th March 2017 | Meteorologist Chris Tomer

News Regions: British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Lake Tahoe, Montana, New Mexico, Northeast, Utah, Wyoming

Resorts in this article: Big Sky Resort, Grand Targhee Resort, Jackson Hole, Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Whistler Blackcomb

3.16 Snow Before You Go - ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

3.16 Snow Before You Go: Look North for Fresh Powder

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

This is an abnormally warm and dry five-day stretch across much of the West as the storm track moves north towards the Canadian border. In the Northeast, after the departing nor'easter the storm track stays favorable with potentially a second storm diving in for the weekend.  

Pacific Northwest: This is where the most precipitation will fall over the next five days. Two storm systems are lined up. One storm delivers moderate to heavy snowfall through Thursday and then departs. A larger storm system with heavy snow arrives Friday evening and continues on Saturday before tapering-off on Sunday. Another storm system arrives on Tuesday.  

Whistler/Blackcomb: Consistent snowfall is likely over the next five days. The driest day is Monday. The heaviest snow arrives Friday night through Saturday.  

Northeast: The departing nor'easter leaves cold, dry air in its wake for Thursday and Friday. The next storm system arrives late Friday into Saturday and continues on Sunday. This storm system does not look as strong as its predecessor. Snow amounts appear light to moderate, but if the storm turns into a stronger nor'easter the snow amounts turn heavy and last into Monday. It's also possible the storm doesn't develop and Sunday turns out tranquil. 

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: A fast moving storm system delivers moderate snowfall on Thursday then drier on Friday. Another storm with moderate snowfall races into Idaho on Saturday arriving in Montana and Wyoming shortly thereafter. Light snow lingers on Sunday and possibly Monday as well. Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee and Big Sky are in good position.  

California: High pressure will hold a tight grip over the next five days. However, a quick shot of snow is possible on Saturday with a larger storm system possible on Monday-Tuesday.  

Colorado, Utah: High pressure remains dominate for the next five days. Abnormally warm temperatures and no new snow. Will the pattern change? It's possible by the middle part of next week.  

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