While the action stays to the north with plentiful powder for British Columbia, some snow will make it across the border over the next week. The northern reaches of Idaho and Montana should see about 3-6 inches of snow while mountains to the south stay dry.
But don’t let this snow forecast fool you into thinking the conditions are anything less than superb across the Rockies. The consistent early-season snow plus very cold air during the last five to seven days has kept the snow on the ground in prime condition. Most areas of Colorado and Wyoming are sitting at 125-150 percent of average snowpack for this time of the season, and the numbers are even better in New Mexico and Arizona.
Enjoying this snow during last weekend was a challenge, though, as riders needed to use every piece of their warm-weather gear to battle temperatures that struggled to get above zero.
Looking ahead, the weather forecasting models are in remarkable agreement concerning the seven- to 10-day forecast. All signs point to another period of snowy and very cold weather for the Rockies starting on Thursday, December 19th in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and moving south into Utah and Colorado on or around Friday, December 20th. This is great news for skiers and riders looking for additional terrain and powder conditions heading into Christmas week!
Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.