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Snow Before You Go: Storms Bring Snow to the West

10th December 2020 | Chris Tomer

Snow is headed to the PNW

Snow is headed to the PNW

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Meteorologist Chris Tomer gives us the run down on where will be the snowiest this weekend, 12/10-12/13/2020.
The hot spot this weekend is the West and more specifically the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.  
Multiple storms will favor this region  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Multiple storms will favor this region

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Pacific Northwest: 2-3 different storm systems are lined-up between Thursday and Sunday.  The active pattern continues after Sunday into Monday and Tuesday.  Moderate to heavy snow accumulations at the ski areas including Mount Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, and the High Cascades.  Light to moderate accumulations at Banff, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke with heavier snow possible between Sunday and Monday.
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Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: Two storm systems are lined-up between Thursday night and Saturday night.  A break in the snow is likely between the two elements.  The first storm system delivers light snow accumulations to ski areas in the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado including Loveland, Monarch, and Winter Park between Thursday night and Friday night.  Moderate snow accumulations in the Southern Mountains including Wolf Creek.  Utah gets brushed by light snow by this first storm with moderate snow arriving Saturday morning from storm number two.  The second storm system delivers moderate snow accumulations to Colorado between Saturday and Saturday night.  Looking ahead, another storm system is possible by late Sunday into Monday.  In New Mexico, moderate snow accumulations arrive Thursday into Friday and possibly again Saturday night.
Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: There are two different chances for snow.  The first is minor between Friday and Saturday.  Light to possibly moderate snow accumulations at Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Schweitzer, and Sun Valley.  Colder temps follow.  The second chance is more significant between Sunday and Tuesday.  Moderate to heavy snow accumulations.
California: Finally some moisture in the forecast.  Light snow accumulation on Saturday at the ski areas.  Moderate snow accumulation on Sunday at the highest elevations with rain mixing below.  A larger storm is possible mid-week.
Northeast: One storm system rolls through between Saturday and Sunday with a mixture of rain/snow at the ski areas.  Light snow accumulations across northern VT, NH, and ME.  A larger, colder storm system could brush the area on Tuesday.
Snow Before You Go Forecast for the East  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Snow Before You Go Forecast for the East

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Tomer's Take: For the best new snow, ski Wolf Creek or Taos on Friday, on Saturday ski Whistler/Blackcomb, Alta, Snowbird, or Jackson Hole, and on Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest, Loveland, Winter Park or Monarch.

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