11.16 Snow Before You Go: Double Dose of Snow

15th November 2017 | Meteorologist Chris Tomer

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

Resorts in this article: Big Sky Resort, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Schweitzer, Sun Valley, Whistler Blackcomb

11.16 Snow Before You Go: Double Dose of Snow

11.16 Snow Before You Go: Double Dose of Snow for All

The jet stream remains favorable for the West with two storm systems lined up over the next five days. In the Northeast, things are looking better with two storm systems lined up and some snow at the ski areas. 

California: The first storm system is the bigger of the two. Thursday and Friday are the peak days. However, temperatures are mild ahead of this storm so snow levels start high and will cut down on overall accumulations. Higher elevation ski areas above 8,000 ft. around Tahoe south to Mammoth can expect heavy snow accumulations, 1-3 feet. The second storm system arrives on Monday with moderate snow accumulations. 

Colorado, Utah: The first storm system is the bigger of the two. It arrives in Utah on Thursday and in Colorado late Thursday and continues on Friday before ending by Saturday morning. Temperatures are mild ahead of this storm so snow levels start high and will cut down on overall accumulations. Higher elevation ski areas can expect heavy snow accumulations, 4-12". The second storm system arrives Monday afternoon/night. Accumulations look light. 

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: The first storm system is the bigger of the two. Thursday and Friday are the peak days with moderate to heavy snow accumulations. The second storm system arrives on Monday with light snow accumulations. Schweitzer, Big Sky, Sun Valley and Jackson Hole will all do well over the next five days. 

Pacific Northwest: The active storm track continues with two storm systems over the next five days. The high Cascades and volcanoes can expect heavy snow accumulations. 

Whistler Blackcomb: The snowy pattern continues through the weekend with two storm systems and heavy snow accumulations. Sunday's snow looks particularly heavy. 

Northeast: The first storm system looks snowier than the second, which looks warmer. I expect light to moderate snow accumulations at the ski areas Thursday-Friday. The second storm arrives Saturday night and continues on Sunday with warmer temps and rain except at the higher elevations. 

Tomer's Take: Consider the high Sierra of California on Friday, Colorado on Saturday, and the Pacific Northwest and Whistler Blackcomb on Sunday. 

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