A major storm moved through all of the Rocky Mountains during the first few days of December. Snow reports show about 10-18 inches of fresh powder from Montana through Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. With additional terrain opening due to abundant early-season snowfall, this storm produced one of the first true powder days of the season for many areas.

The big story from December 4th through the 7th will be the cold temperatures. Overnight lows will be below zero Fahrenheit and daytime highs will struggle to get out of the single digits. While these conditions might be a bit uncomfortable without your puffy coat, the cold weather will do a splendid job of preserving the snow.

The next storm will affect the southern and central Rockies on Friday through Sunday. The heaviest snow will fall in southern Utah, southern Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico with about 6-12 inches. Central and northern Utah and Colorado will see less with 3-6 inches. Following this storm, there will be a break next week, then another storm is possible around December 12-14th.

Enjoy the freshies!

Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.