Snow Before You Go: Where to Find the Best Snow this Week

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Snow Before You Go | Twice-Weekly Snow Forecasts

by Meteorologist Chris Tomer, sponsored by Oakley

April 12, 2023

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Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week and weekend is the Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. A cold front will drop snow levels in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana 4/13-4/15. Then warm air returns on 4/16. On Friday ski Big Sky, Jackson Hole, or Colorado. On Saturday ski Colorado or under sunny skies in Utah. On Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Expect heavy snow accumulation 4/15-4/17, and moderate accumulation 4/19-4/20. Grand totals of 1-2 feet.

Banff Area

Expect light snow accumulation on 4/14, 4/17, and 4/20-4/21. Grand totals of 4-8 inches.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming, expect heavy snow accumulation 4/12-4/14, light to moderate 4/17-4/18, and light 4/20. Grand totals of a foot. In Montana, expect heavy snow accumulation 4/12-4/13, light to moderate 4/17-4/18, and light 4/20. Grand totals of a foot or more at Discovery, Big Sky, and Bridger Bowl, with less elsewhere. In Idaho, expect light snow accumulation 4/12-4/13, moderate to heavy 4/17-4/18, and moderate to heavy 4/20-4/21. Grand totals of 8-16 inches at Brundage and Schweitzer with less at Sun Valley.

Snow before you go graph 4-12-23.

UtahColorado

Expect light snow in Utah with a cold front on 4/13, and light accumulation 4/17-4/18. Grand totals of 2-8 inches. In Colorado, expect moderate snow accumulation 4/14-4/15. Grand totals of 3-9 inches.

California

The best chance for moderate snow accumulation in California occurs 4/19-4/20 with a potential pattern change. Less snow accumulation at Mammoth, while I’m forecasting more at Shasta.

Northeast

Spring skiing has arrived with warmer temps. Precipitation occurs 4/17-4/18 as rain then a rain/snow mix. Little to no accumulation.


April 9, 2023

Tomer’s Take

While spring skiing is in full force, I’m still forecasting new snow accumulation across the West through 4/18. My skiing recommendations for mid-April: Early this week ski in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Banff Area. By Thursday shift to the Wasatch and Colorado for the best new snow.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The storm track favors the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia initially. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 4/9-4/11, and then a dry stretch until snow returns 4/17-4/18.

Banff Area

In the Banff area I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 4/10-4/12, light accumulation 4/13-4/14, and light accumulation 4/17-4/18. Grand totals of 6-14 inches.

Snow before you go graph 4-9-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Montana I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 4/12-4/15, and moderate accumulation 4/18. In Wyoming I’m forecasting light accumulation 4/14-4/15 and 4/18. In Idaho expect light to moderate snow accumulation 4/11-4/14 and 4/18.

UtahColorado

The freezing level rapidly rises at all resorts 4/9-4/12 with a surge of warm air. In Utah, light to moderate snow occurs 4/12-4/14, with 3-8 inches. In Colorado, moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs late 4/13-4/15 with 4-12 inches.

California

The flow largely misses the Sierra. Freezing levels rapidly rise at all resorts 4/9-4/11 with a surge of warm air.

Northeast

The flow largely misses the Northeast. Temperatures warm rapidly with rain chances 4/17-4/18.


April 6, 2023

Tomer’s Take

All-time record snowfall continues across parts of the West including the Sierra and Utah. Alta’s next stop is 900 inches. The hot spot this week is the West – in particular the Pacific Northwest and Northern Tier. The storm track is shifting north to favor these areas. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Idaho. On Saturday ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia. On Sunday it’s similar or you could ski under blue skies in Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Expect steady, heavy snow accumulation 4/6-4/11 with 1-3 feet of grand total accumulation. The biggest totals favor Whistler/Blackcomb, Mount Baker, and Crystal Mountain.

Snow before you go west 4-15-23.

Banff Area

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation 4/10-4/12 with 2-6 inches.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Wyoming and Montana are two of my snow bullseyes. In Wyoming, expect light snow on 4/8, then moderate to heavy snow accumulation 4/11-4/15 with a foot of accumulation. In Montana, heavy snow accumulation occurs 4/11-4/15 with 1-2 feet. Less at Snowbowl and Whitefish. In Idaho, light accumulation occurs 4/7, 4/10-4/11, and 4/13-4/15. Grand totals of 2-10 inches.

Snow before you go graph 4-2-23.

UtahColorado

It’s a dry stretch for the Wasatch until 4/14-4/15 when moderate to heavy snow accumulation is possible. In Colorado, it’s also a dry stretch until 4/14-4/15 when light to moderate accumulation is possible.

2023 North America Snowfall totals to date graphic

California

Light snow accumulation occurs on 4/7 then moderate accumulation 4/12-4/13. Grand snow totals of about a foot.

Northeast

High pressure builds in for several days with a dry stretch possible through 4/15.


April 2, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is the West, and especially Utah’s Wasatch, where I’m forecasting about three feet of new snow. The race to 900 inches is on. The overall pattern shifts significantly after 4/6 with more high pressure ridging and a shifting storm track to the north. On Thursday ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Colorado. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, Northern Idaho, or British Columbia. On Saturday ski the Tetons, Pacific Northwest, or British Columbia. On Sunday it’s mainly dry but ski under the blue skies of Colorado or Utah.

UtahColorado

Utah is where the best new snow will be found through 4/10. In Utah, expect heavy snow accumulation late 4/2 through early 4/5. 2-4 feet of grand total snow accumulation. Then it’s quiet after 4/5. In Colorado, expect moderate to heavy snow accumulation 4/3-4/6 with 4-14 inches of total snow. It turns quiet after 4/6.

Snow before you go graph 4-2-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming, a steady drip of moderate snow accumulation through 4/8 with 6-12 inches of total snow. In Idaho, light to moderate snow accumulation 4/2-4/3 then light snow on 4/7. 3-6 inches of total snow accumulation. In Montana, a steady drip of light to moderate snow accumulation through 4/7 with 3-8 inches of total snow accumulation.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Moderate snow ends on 4/3 then another shot of heavy snow accumulation on 4/6-4/8 in the Pacific Northwest. 8-18 inches of total snow accumulation.

Banff Area

Light accumulation through 4/5 in the Banff Area with 2-6 inches of total snow accumulation.

California

Expect light snow accumulation 4/2-4/3 in California. Then the pattern shifts north and it’s quiet for a while.

Northeast

It’s spring ski season in the Northeast. I’m only forecasting light snow on 4/5, then rain on 4/6.

Snow before you go east 4-10-23.


March 31, 2023

Tomer’s Take

Heading into the weekend, the storm tracks, especially for the Sierra, have changed. Below is the updated forecast for the next few days. On Friday ski the Wasatch or Tetons. On Saturday ski Washington, Oregon, or Idaho. ON Sunday ski Sun Valley or the Tetons. On Monday ski the Sierra or Wasatch.

California

I’m now forecasting less snow through 4/8. There’s only one chance for snow accumulation. Expect 6-14 inches on 4/2-4/3 with light accumulation on 4/4.

Snow before you go West 4-8-23.

UtahColorado

In Utah, moderate to heavy snow accumulation on 3/31, light on 4/2, and heavy 4/3-4/4. I’m forecasting 2-3 feet of snow accumulation. In Colorado, expect light accumulation on 3/31, then heavy accumulation 4/3-4/8. A cut-off low riding the southern branch will linger during this timeframe. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of snow accumulation.

New Mexico

Expect light accumulation 4/3-4/4, and moderate to heavy snow accumulation 4/7-4/8.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Heavy snow is likely in Idaho and Wyoming. I’m forecasting a steady drip of heavy snow accumulation in Wyoming from 3/31-4/5 with two feet of accumulation. In Idaho, expect heavy accumulation late 3/31-4/4 with 8-18 inches of snow accumulation. In Montana, I’m only forecasting light to moderate accumulation late 3/31-4/2 with 2-8 inches of snow accumulation.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 3/31-4/3 with 1-3 feet of accumulation. Less in Whistler/Blackcomb (about 8 inches).

Banff Area

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy accumulation late 4/1-4/4 with 5-10 inches of snow accumulation.

Northeast

A few inches of snow occurs on 3/31 then rain on 4/1. Additional rain could fall on 4/5.

Snow before you go West 4-8-23.


March 29, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week and weekend is the West with 3 storm systems through 4/7. Deep snow is likely in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Colorado. On Thursday ski Tahoe, Mammoth, the Tetons, or Wasatch. On Friday ski the Tetons, Wasatch, Big Sky, Sun Valley, or Western Colorado. On Saturday ski Washington or Oregon. On Sunday ski Brundage, Sun Valley, Big Sky, or the Tetons.

California

All-time record breaking snow accumulation continues. Light snow accumulation continues into Thursday, and then drier until 4/2. Heavy snow accumulation likely 4/2-4/7 with feet of snow accumulation possible.

Tomer season totals 3-29-23.

UtahColorado

All-time record breaking snow continues in Utah and parts of Colorado. In Utah, the race to 800 inches is on. Heavy snow accumulation occurs late 3/29 through 3/31, and heavy accumulation 4/3. Grand totals of 2-3 feet. In Colorado, moderate snow accumulation occurs 3/30-3/31, and moderate to heavy accumulation 4/3-4/4. Grand totals of 1-2 feet.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Big snow accumulation is likely. In Wyoming, I’m forecasting 3-4 feet of grand total snow. Expect steady, heavy snow accumulation late 3/29 through 4/7 with new accumulation each day. In Montana, expect steady, moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 3/29 through 4/7 with 1-2 feet of grand total accumulation. In Idaho, expect moderate to heavy snow accumulation 3/29 through 4/6 with 1-2 feet of grand total accumulation.

Snow before you go graph 3-29-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Overall, less snow accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb and more in Washington and Oregon. Expect one primary shot of heavy snow accumulation in Washington between 3/29-4/3. In Oregon, expect steady, heavy snow accumulation 3/31-4/5 with 3-4 feet of grand total accumulation.

Banff Area

I’m forecasting light to moderate accumulation 4/1-4/6 with 4-8 inches of total accumulation in the Banff area. Bigger snow accumulation at Red Mountain with about a foot.

Northeast

Light snow accumulation occurs late 3/29 into early 3/30. Then it’s rain 3/31-4/1. Watch for a rain/snow mix on 4/5.

Snow before you go East 4-7-23.


March 26, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week and upcoming weekend continues to be the West, with 3 different storm systems through 4/4. All-time snow records are being set in California, Utah, and Colorado. On Thursday ski Mammoth, Sun Valley, Wasatch, or Tetons. On Friday ski Western Colorado, Wasatch, or Tetons. On Saturday ski the Pacific Northwest, Shasta, or Tahoe. On Sunday ski the Northeast, Tetons, or Wasatch.

California

I’m forecasting 3 feet of new snow through 4/4 for Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth. Heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/28-3/29, and 4/1. Snow might return 4/3-4/4.

UtahColorado

Alta broke their all-time snow accumulation record, and I’m forecasting another 2 feet of snow accumulation through 4/4. In the Wasatch, expect moderate snow accumulation into 3/27, heavy accumulation 3/29-3/31, and heavy accumulation 4/2-4/3. In Colorado I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of new snow through 4/4. Expect light snow accumulation into 3/27, moderate accumulation 3/30-3/31, and heavy accumulation 4/3-4/4.

Snow before you go graph 3-26-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming I’m forecasting two feet of snow accumulation through 4/4. Expect light snow accumulation into 3/27, then a steady, heavy snow 3/29-4/4. In Idaho I’m forecasting 1-2 feet at Sun Valley and Brundage through 4/4, with less at Schweitzer. Expect light accumulation 3/28-3/30, heavy accumulation 3/31-4/4. In Montana I’m forecasting about a foot of snow accumulation at Big Sky through 4/4, with less elsewhere. Expect moderate accumulation into 3/27, light to moderate accumulation 3/29-3/30, and moderate accumulation 4/1-4/4.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The biggest snow accumulation occurs in Oregon. Expect a dry stretch until moderate snow accumulation arrives on/after 3/31 through 4/4.

Banff Area

I’m forecasting 4-10 inches of total snow accumulation through 4/4. Expect light accumulation into 3/27, then moderate 4/2-4/4.

Northeast

The biggest snow accumulation occurs across northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, and Northern Maine. Light snow accumulation occurs 3/27-3/28, light 3/30, and moderate to heavy late 3/31 through 4/1.

Snow before you go East 4-4-23.


March 22, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The calendar may say spring, but it’s still winter at many North America ski resorts. The hot spot this weekend, and the rest of March, is the West, with 3 storm systems through 3/31. In the Northeast, there is 1 primary chance for snow accumulation on 3/25-3/26. On Thursday ski the Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons, or Western/Southwest Colorado. On Friday ski Washington, Oregon, Tahoe, Shasta, the Tetons, Wasatch, or Banff Sunshine. On Saturday ski the Tetons or Western/Southwest Colorado. On Sunday ski the Northeast, Big Sky, or Banff Sunshine.

California

Light to moderate snow accumulation continues through 3/23. Then a bigger storm system hits with heavy snow accumulation 3/27-3/29 with 2-3 feet of accumulation.

UtahColorado

In Utah, heavy snow accumulation continues through 3/25 with 1-2 feet. Heavy snow accumulation returns 3/28-3/31. A foot or more of snow accumulation is expected. In Colorado, moderate to heavy snow accumulation continues through 3/26 with about a foot. Moderate snow accumulation returns 3/30-3/31.

Snow before you go graph 3-22-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Southwest Montana, heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/24-3/26 with a foot or more. Then light to moderate snow accumulation 3/28-3/31. In Wyoming, heavy snow accumulation is likely through 3/25 with a foot or more. Moderate snow accumulation of another foot 3/28-3/31. In Idaho, moderate snow accumulation at Brundage and Sun Valley 3/23-3/24, with less at Schweitzer. Light to moderate accumulation 3/28.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs 3/23-3/24 at Whistler/Blackcomb and in Washington. In Oregon, heavy snow accumulation 3/23-3/24 and 3/27-3/31 with two feet of grand total snow accumulation.

Banff Area

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation of a foot for the Banff area is possible 3/24-3/27. Light accumulation 3/30. Overall less accumulation at Fernie, Revelstoke, and Red Mountain.

New Mexico

Moderate snow accumulation occurs 3/22 and ends early 3/23. Light accumulation 3/24, 3/26, and 3/30. Grand totals of 4-8 inches.

Northeast

Rain showers occur on 3/23. Then, 1 storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation 3/25-3/26 with totals of 4-10 inches.

Snow before you go East 3-31-23.


March 19, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week continues to be the West with steady, heavy snow accumulation from three different storm systems. On Thursday 3/23 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, New Mexico, Western or Southwest Colorado. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, Tahoe, Western Colorado, Wasatch, or Tetons. On Saturday ski Big Sky, Tetons, Wasatch, or Western Colorado. On Sunday ski the Tetons or the Northeast.

California

Heavy snow accumulation in California 3/19 into early 3/20, then moderate to heavy accumulation 3/21-3/24. Grand totals of 1-3 feet.

UtahColorado

The Wasatch is one of my snow targets through 3/28. Expect heavy snow accumulation 3/20-3/24 with 2-3 foot grand totals. In CO, Western and Southwest Colorado are also snow bullseyes with less accumulation elsewhere. Expect heavy snow accumulation 3/20-3/25 with 1-3 foot grand totals across the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado. About a foot in Summit County and the Northern Mountain zone.

New Mexico

Expect heavy snow accumulation 3/20-3/22 then light to moderate accumulation 3/23-3/25. Grand totals of 1-2 feet.

Snow before you go graph 3-19-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The Tetons are one of my snow bullseyes. Expect heavy snow accumulation 3/20-3/26 with 2-3 feet of grand total snow. In MT, the bulk of snow accumulation occurs at Big Sky with less elsewhere. Expect moderate to heavy accumulation 3/20-3/21, and moderate to heavy accumulation 3/24-3/25. Light accumulation 3/26-3/27. Grand totals of about a foot at Big Sky. In ID, the bulk of accumulation occurs from Brundage to Sun Valley. Expect heavy accumulation 3/20 and moderate accumulation late 3/23-3/26. Grand totals of 10-20 inches with significantly less at Schweitzer.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Expect light to moderate accumulation 3/20-3/21, and moderate to heavy accumulation 3/23-3/24. Grand totals of 1-2 feet in WA and OR with less in Whistler/Blackcomb.

Banff Area

I’m only forecasting light accumulation 3/24-3/26 with 2-6 inches of grand total snowfall.

Northeast

There are two chances for precipitation but the first could be mostly rain. Expect rain showers possibly mixed with snow on 3/23, and moderate to heavy snow accumulation 3/25-3/26. Grand totals in VT/NH/ME of 6-16 inches.

Snow before you go East 3-28-23.


March 15, 2023

Tomer’s Take

Winter isn’t over yet for many ski resorts. The hot spot is the West, with at least two storm systems through 3/24. The next few days especially look good for snow in California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. On Thursday ski Western Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, or Arizona. On Friday ski New Mexico or Southern Colorado. On Saturday ski the Northeast, Arizona, or New Mexico. On Sunday ski New Mexico or Southern Colorado.

California

Record amounts of seasonal snowfall continue in California. Expect light snow accumulation 3/17-3/18, moderate 3/19, light 3/20, and heavy 3/21-3/22. Grand totals of 1-2 feet of snow at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth by 3/24.

Snow before you go graph 3-15-23.

UtahColorado

In Utah, heavy snow on 3/15 likely makes 3/16 a powder day. Then heavy snow accumulation likely 3/20-3/23 with 2-3 feet of grand total accumulation. In Colorado, moderate to heavy snow accumulation continues 3/15-3/16, and especially across the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation likely 3/20-3/23, especially the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado. Grand totals of 1-2 feet by 3/24 with up to 3 feet or more in Southwest Colorado.

New Mexico

Excellent period of snow ahead for New Mexico. Heavy snow accumulation likely 3/15-3/17, light 3/18-3/19, and heavy 3/21-3/23. Grand totals of 2-3 feet by 3/24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The best snow occurs 3/15 in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Then only light snow accumulation on 3/21.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The Pacific Northwest and northern tier are really out of the main storm track through 3/24. I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation on 3/15, 3/19-3/20.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation is possible 3/21 in Banff. Otherwise it’s a tranquil pattern out of the main storm track.

Northeast

Snow continues on 3/15 in the Northeast, and then the pattern turns much quieter with only light snow accumulation on 3/17-3/18.

Snow before you go East 3-24-23.


March 12, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The snow hot spot this week continues to be the West, with one more atmospheric river surge plus a storm system to follow. In the Northeast, a snowstorm is likely 3/13-3/15. On Thursday 3/16 ski Colorado or the Tetons. On Friday ski Colorado. On Saturday ski Shasta, Tahoe or the Northeast. On Sunday ski New Mexico, Shasta, Tahoe, or Oregon.

California

The rain/snow line continues to run high with each atmospheric river surge in California. This will be the case through 3/14 (up to 8400 feet), then levels drop. Expect light snow accumulation on 3/13, heavy accumulation 3/14, light accumulation on 3/17, and moderate to heavy snow accumulation on 3/19. About 50 inches of grand total snow at Shasta, 20 inches at Tahoe at higher elevations, and 36 inches at Mammoth.

UtahColorado

In Utah expect light snow accumulation on 3/13, heavy snow accumulation on 3/14-3/15, light accumulation on 3/16, and light to moderate snow accumulation on 3/19-3/20. Grand total snow of 1-2 feet. In Colorado expect light snow accumulation on 3/13, moderate to heavy accumulation on 3/15-3/16, and moderate snow accumulation on 3/20-3/21. Grand totals of about a foot of snow in the Central and Northern Mountains with up to two feet in the Southern Mountains.

Snow before you go CO 3-21-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The bulk of snow accumulation occurs in Idaho and Wyoming, with less in Montana. In Idaho expect heavy snow accumulation 3/13-3/15, and light to moderate accumulation 3/19-3/20. Grand totals of about a foot. In Wyoming expect moderate snow accumulation 3/13, heavy accumulation 3/14-3/15, and light accumulation 3/20-3/21. Grand totals of about a foot of snow. In Montana expect light to moderate snow accumulation late 3/14 through 3/16, and light accumulation 3/20-3/21. Grand totals of 2-6 inches of snow.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

In Washington and Oregon expect heavy snow accumulation 3/13, light to moderate accumulation 3/14-3/15, and light snow accumulation 3/19-3/20. Less snow accumulation overall occurs at Whistler/Blackcomb throughout the period.

Snow before you go graph 3-21-23.

Banff Area

Moderate snow accumulation occurs late 3/13 through 3/15, with less at Marmot Basin. At Revelstoke, moderate snow accumulation occurs primarily on 3/13. Heavier snow accumulation south at Fernie.

New Mexico

Light snow accumulation occurs 3/12-3/13, moderate 3/15-3/16, and heavy snow late 3/18 through 3/21. Grand totals of 1-2 feet by 3/21.

Northeast

There’s one main storm system for the Northeast with moderate to heavy accumulation late 3/13 through 3/15. Light accumulation on 3/18. Most ski resorts fall into the 8-16 inch category, but I expect a few pockets of two foot grand totals for the Northeast.

Snow before you go East 3-21-23.


March 8, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The snow hot spot over the next 7 days is the West with three different storm systems and two moderate to strong intensity atmospheric river surges. The Northeast will also get snow, primarily from 3/13-3/15 with a coastal storm system. On Thursday 3/9 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Colorado. On Friday ski Oregon or the Sierra. On Saturday ski Sun Valley, Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Colorado. On Sunday ski the Sierra or Southwest Colorado.

California

It’s been an incredible 25-day period in California with about 200 inches of snow accumulation. I’m forecasting two moderate to strong intensity atmospheric river surges. The first occurs late 3/9 through 3/12, and the second occurs 3/13-3/15. Snow levels will run high and air temps warmer with both surges. Expect 50-100 inches of grand total snow by 3/17.

Graphic of the season snow totals up to March 2022-2023
©Chris Tomer

UtahColorado

Three different storm systems deliver heavy snow to both Utah and Colorado through 3/17. In Utah expect light snow 3/8-3/9, heavy accumulation 3/10-3/11, light 3/12, and heavy 3/14-3/16. Grand totals of 2-3 feet. In Colorado expect light snow 3/8-3/9, heavy accumulation 3/10-3/11, and moderate to heavy accumulation 3/14-3/16. Grand totals of 1-3 feet.

Snow before you go Rockies 3-17-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Idaho light accumulation 3/8-3/9, heavy 3/10, heavy 3/13-3/14, and light accumulation 3/17. In Montana expect light snow accumulation 3/8-3/9, moderate 3/10, and moderate 3/14, and light accumulation 3/15. In Wyoming expect light snow accumulation 3/8-3/9, heavy 3/10, light 3/13, heavy 3/14, and light accumulation 3/15-3/16. Grand totals of 2-3 feet.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

There are two primary storm systems through 3/17 for the Pacific Northwest. Expect moderate snow accumulation 3/10-3/11, and heavy accumulation 3/12-3/14. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, Whistler/Blackcomb and Timberline. Up to three feet at Bachelor.

Banff Area

I only have light accumulation in my forecast through 3/17 for the Banff area. The best chance occurs 3/10-3/11. Snow amounts are a touch bigger at Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Fernie on 3/13-3/14.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting two main snow chances. Moderate accumulation occurs late 3/10 through 3/12, and heavy accumulation 3/15-3/16. Grand totals of 7-14 inches.

Northeast

There’s one primary storm system and it occurs 3/13-3/15 with heavy snow accumulation in the Northeast. Grand totals of 1-2 feet, with a couple three foot totals at some ski resorts.


March 5, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot through 3/14 is the West. I’m forecasting a few deep snow bullseyes including the Sierra and the Wasatch. A weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river is also possible for the Sierra 3/10-3/12. On Thursday 3/9 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or the Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Friday ski Shasta, Tahoe, Mammoth or Mount Bachelor. On Saturday ski the Sierra, Pacific Northwest, Wasatch, Sun Valley, or Tetons. On Sunday ski the Sierra, Oregon, or Wasatch.

California

Three storm systems are lined-up through 3/14 in California. A weak to moderate intensity atmospheric river is possible 3/10-3/12. I’m forecasting grand totals of 50-60 inches. Expect a continuous period of light to moderate snow accumulation 3/5-3/8. Heavy accumulation occurs late 3/9 through 3/13.

UtahColorado

In Utah moderate to heavy accumulation occurs 3/5-3/8, then heavy accumulation 3/10-3/13. Grand totals of 2-3 feet. In Colorado the bulk of snow accumulation occurs in the Central and Northern Mountain zones. Expect light accumulation 3/9-3/10, moderate accumulation 3/11-3/12, and 3/13-3/14.

Snow before you go Utah 3-14-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming expect a steady drip of light snow accumulation through 3/9, then moderate to heavy accumulation 3/10-3/14. Grand totals of two feet. In Idaho expect a steady drip of light snow accumulation through 3/9, then moderate to heavy accumulation 3/10-3/14. Grand totals of two feet at Sun Valley and Brundage with less at Schweitzer. In Montana expect a steady drip of light snow accumulation through 3/9, then moderate accumulation 3/10-3/11 and 3/13-3/14. Grand totals of 7-14 inches.

Snow before you go graph 3-5-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The bulk of heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/10-3/14 in the Pacific Northwest. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet for Whistler/Blackcomb, Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, and Timberline. Mount Bachelor could get more.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs in the Banff area 3/5 and 3/8, with moderate accumulation 3/10-3/11 and 3/12-3/14. Grand totals of 5-12 inches at Marmot, Sunshine, Revelstoke and Fernie.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting an exceptionally dry period in New Mexico. Light snow accumulation is possible 3/13-3/14.

Northeast

I’m not forecasting any big snowstorms through 3/14 for the Northeast. Light snow accumulation occurs 3/7-3/9 and 3/11-3/12.

Snow before you go East 3-14-23.


March 1, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot for snow over the next 7 days is the West with 2-3 different storm systems. In the Northeast I’m forecasting a heavy burst of snow on 3/4. On Thursday ski Southwest Colorado or the Pacific Northwest. On Friday ski Northern Idaho, Big Sky, Tetons, British Columbia, or the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday ski the Northeast or the Pacific Northwest. On Sunday ski the Sierra, Wasatch, or Tetons.

California

Many resorts are reporting more than 100 inches in the last 7 days. I’m forecasting another 30-50 inches through 3/10. Heavy snow occurs 3/4-3/6 and on 3/10.

Northeast

Light snow occurs 3/2-3/3, and heavy snow is likely 3/4-3/5 with a storm system. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow accumulation in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine by 3/10.

UtahColorado

In Colorado I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow across the Northern Mountains, 6-12 inches across the Central Mountains, and less in the Southern Mountains. The key snow dates are 3/3, 3/6, 3/7-3/8, and 3/9. In Utah I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow across the Wasatch. Light to moderate snow occurs 3/1, light snow 3/3, and moderate to heavy snow 3/4-3/6.

Snow before you go Colorado 3-10-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/4-3/6, and light snow accumulation 3/9. Grand totals of 1-2 feet. In Montana the biggest accumulation (6-12 inches) occurs at Big Sky with less elsewhere. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs late 3/2 through 3/6. Light snow occurs 3/9. In Idaho steady moderate snow accumulation occurs 3/2-3/6, and light accumulation 3/9-3/10. Grand totals of 6-12 inches.

Snow before you go west 3-10-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Big snow totals are likely in the Pacific Northwest. Heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/2-3/4. Light snow accumulation occurs 3/7-3/8 and 3/10. I’m forecasting 2-3 feet of grand total accumulation.

Snow before you go graph 3-10-23.

Banff Area

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation between 3/2-3/5 and on 3/10. Grand totals of 3-6 inches. At Revelstoke, grand totals of 5-10 inches of snow between 3/2-3/4 with light snow on 3/10.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting 3-6 inch grand totals occurring 3/1-3/2.


February 26, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot the next seven days is the West with three different storm systems, cold air, and strong winds. The Northeast also gets heavy snow accumulation. On Thursday 3/2 ski the Wasatch, Western Colorado, or Southern Colorado. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, or the Tetons. On Saturday ski the Northeast, Washington, or Oregon. On Sunday ski the Sierras, Wasatch, Washington, Oregon, or Idaho.

California

Heavy snow continues at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth. I’m forecasting 40-80 inches between 2/27-3/7. Heavy accumulation occurs 2/27, 2/28 and early 3/1. Heavy snow accumulation returns 3/5-3/7.

UtahColorado

In Utah I’m forecasting 2-3 feet of grand total snow between 2/27-3/7. Heavy snow accumulation occurs 2/27 through early 3/1. Moderate snow returns 3/3 and 3/5. In Colorado moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs 2/28, 3/1, 3/3, and 3/6. The biggest grand totals occur across the Western Slope and Southern Mountains.

Snow before you go Colorado 3-7-23.

New Mexico

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs 3/1-3/2. 10-20 inches of grand total snowfall.

Snow before you go graph 2-26-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The biggest grand totals occur in Idaho and Wyoming. In Wyoming a steady drip of moisture occurs 2/26-3/6. Each day delivers at least a few inches. Grand totals of close to two feet by 3/7. In Idaho, very similar to Wyoming, a steady drip of moisture delivers at least a few inches of new snow each day through 3/7. Grand totals of 1-2 feet. In Montana Big Sky gets the most snow through 3/7 with a steady drip of light snow accumulation each day. Less accumulation in Northwest Montana.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The biggest totals occur in Washington and Oregon with grand totals of about two feet, with less in British Columbia. I’m forecasting two phases of snow accumulation. The first delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 2/26-2/28. The second delivers heavy accumulation 3/2-3/4.

Banff Area

I’m forecasting 4-8 inches of grand total snow at Sunshine and Marmot Basin. Light accumulation occurs 2/27-3/3 and again on 3/5-3/6. Revelstoke gets heavier snow accumulation with about a foot of grand total accumulation. Most of it occurs 2/26-3/3.

Northeast

I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snowfall through 3/7. It occurs in two phases. The first shot occurs 2/28-3/2. The second bigger shot for snow occurs 3/4-3/5. Light additional accumulation occurs 3/5-3/7.

Snow before you go East 2-27-23.


February 19, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is both the West and the Northeast with heavy new snow for both locations. An active northern jet and southern jet keeps the storm systems coming. On Thursday 2/23 ski Colorado, Wasatch, Tetons, or the Northeast. On Friday ski the Western Slope of Colorado, Southern Utah, Tahoe, or Shasta. On Saturday ski Tahoe or Mammoth. On Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.

Northeast

I’m forecasting two different storm systems for the Northeast through 3/3. The first arrives late 2/22 through 2/23 with heavy snow accumulation. The second storm system hits late 2/27 through 2/28 with heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 1-3 feet of now in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

California

The snow is finally back! Three different storm systems deliver grand totals of 50 to 100 inches across the high Sierra. The first low pressure is cut off from the main flow and moving very slowly 2/22-2/25 with heavy snow accumulation. The second low hits 2/26-2/27 with moderate snow accumulation. The third low delivers heavy snow accumulation 2/27-3/1. Much colder air and strong wind are likely throughout the period.

Snow before you go West 2-23-23.

UtahColorado

Big period of snow ahead for Utah and Colorado. In both states, Thursday 2/23 is a powder day after a large, cold and windy storm system departs. Leftover snow is likely in both states with additional moderate to heavy accumulation on 2/23. Avalanche danger will run high. In Utah, the next storm cycle arrives 2/26-3/2 with heavy snow accumulation. It might snow all of those days with 2-3 feet of additional accumulation. In Colorado, moderate to heavy snow accumulation continues through early 2/24. That’s followed by a one-day dry break on 2/25. Then the next storm system hits 2/26 and another on 3/2-3/3 with moderate to heavy accumulation from both. Grand totals in the Central and Northern Mountains of 1-2 feet. The Southern Mountains could see 1-3 feet.

Snow before you go mid-mountain report 3-3-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming, Thursday 2/23 is a powder day with moderate snow continuing. That’s followed by a dry break on 2/25. The next two storm systems hit 2/26-2/28 with heavy snow accumulation. In Montana, overall snow accumulation is lighter. I’m forecasting 3-8 inches of grand total snow from 2/22-2/23 and 2/26-2/28. In Idaho, light snow accumulation 2/23-2/24, then heavy snow accumulation 2/26-2/28.

Snow before you go graph 2-22-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m forecasting grand totals of 1-2 feet from two different storm systems. The first hits late 2/25-2/27, and the second on 3/2-3/3.

Banff Area

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation through 3/3 for the Banff area. The key snow dates are 2/22, 2/26, 2/28, and 3/2-3/3. Eastern British Columbia is in better position for moderate to heavy snow accumulation on 2/25-2/26 and 3/2-3/3.

New Mexico

Moderate snow accumulation occurs 2/22-2/23 in New Mexico. A second storm system hits on 2/26 with light accumulation. That’s followed by a third storm system 3/2-3/3 with moderate accumulation.


February 19, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A great week ahead for the West! The hot spot this week is the West, but the Northeast will also get new snow. My powder day recommendations this week: On Wednesday 2/22 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, Taos, or Big Sky. On Thursday ski the Wasatch, Western Slope of Colorado, or Southern Colorado. On Friday ski the Northeast, Sierra, or Brian Head. On Saturday ski the Western Slope of Colorado, Southern Colorado, or the Wasatch. On Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.

UtahColorado

A northwest flow (NWF) kicks the period off then 1-2 additional storm systems roll through with colder air and widespread snow accumulation through 2/27. In CO, the NWF delivers 3-9 inches across the Central and Northern Mountains 2/19-2/22. Less in the Southern Mountains. Then a storm system drops 8-16 inches across the Central and Northern Mountains 2/22-2/4. 1-2 feet in the Southern Mountains. A second storm system is possible 2/27 with moderate snow accumulation. In UT, a NWF delivers light to moderate accumulation 2/19-2/21. Then a colder storm system drops 2-3 feet of total accumulation 2/22-2/24.

Snow before you go mountain west 2-28-23.

New Mexico

Light snow accumulation occurs on 2/19 then drier until the main storm system arrives 2/22 with moderate to heavy accumulation. A second storm system is possible 2/27 with moderate to heavy accumulation.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In WY, moderate snow accumulation 2/19 then heavy snow accumulation 2/20-2/21. Moderate snow accumulation 2/22, and light to moderate accumulation 2/23-2/24. Grand totals of 2-3 feet or more. In MT, moderate snow accumulation 2/19-2/20 then heavy snow accumulation 2/21. Moderate accumulation 2/22, then light accumulation 2/23. Light snow accumulation 2/26-2/27. Grand totals of 1-2 feet. In ID, light accumulation 2/19 then moderate to heavy accumulation 2/20-2/21 from Brundage to Schweitzer with less at Sun Valley. Then light accumulation 2/22-2/23. A second storm system delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 2/27-2/28.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Moderate snow accumulation 2/19 then heavy accumulation 2/20 at Baker, Stevens Pass, Rainier, Timberline, and Bachelor. Less accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb. A second storm system delivers heavy accumulation across the board on 2/25-2/26.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation 2/19 then heavy accumulation on 2/20-2/21 at Sunshine, and Marmot Basin. Eastern British Columbia gets moderate to heavy accumulation 2/19-2/21 including Revelstoke and Fernie. A second storm system affects Revelstoke on 2/25-2/26 with moderate snow accumulation. The second storm hits the Banff Area on 2/26-2/28.

California

A storm system delivers light moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 2/21-2/23. A second storm system hits 2/27-2/28 with heavy snow accumulation.

Northeast

The bulk of the snow accumulation occurs with two different waves. The first wave delivers light accumulation on 2/21, then heavy snow accumulation on 2/23. Grand totals of 1-2 feet in VT, NH, and ME.

Snow before you go East 2-28-23.


February 15, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The snow hotspot this week is the West with 2-3 different storm systems through 2/24. On Thursday ski Southern Colorado or New Mexico. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia. On Saturday ski British Columbia or Northwest Montana. On Sunday ski British Columbia, Northern Idaho, Northwest Montana, or the Tetons.

UtahColorado

Thursday 2/16 is a powder day in Colorado in the wake of a large storm system on 2/15. Then expect a dry break until light snow returns on Sunday 2/19 with a northwest flow. A storm system arrives 2/20-2/21 with heavy snow accumulation. Another storm system arrives 2/22-2/23 with heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 1-2 feet in all mountain zones by 2/24. In Utah it’s a dry stretch until 2/20-2/21 when a storm system arrives with heavy snow accumulation and a northwest flow. A second storm system arrives 2/22-2/23 with heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 2-3 feet across the Wasatch by 2/24.

Snow before you go graph 2-15-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Two storm systems are lined-up. Storm number one arrives to Wyoming 2/19-2/20 with heavy snow accumulation. Storm number two arrives 2/22-2/23 with heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 2-3 feet across the Tetons by 2/24. In Idaho storm number one arrives 2/19-2/20 with heavy snow accumulation, and storm number two occurs 2/21-2/22 with heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Sun Valley, Brundage, and Schweitzer. In Montana storm number one arrives 2/18 and it snows heavily through 2/22. Grand totals of 1-2 feet.

Snow before you go West interior 2-24-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

3-4 different storm systems are lined-up for the Pacific Northwest through 2/24. The final storm is the largest. Expect light to moderate snow accumulation late 2/16 through 2/20. Then heavy snow accumulation 2/21-2/22. Grand totals of 2-4 feet by 2/24 at Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Bachelor. 1-2 feet at Whistler/Blackcomb.

Banff Area

The Banff area stays on the periphery of 3-4 different storm systems through 2/24 with moderate snow accumulation. The key snow dates are late 2/16 through 2/22. Heavier snow is likely at Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Fernie with grand totals of 10-20 inches. The key snow dates are late 2/16 through 2/22.

California

It’s a dry pattern until a storm system arrives 2/22-24 delivering heavy snow accumulation at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.

New Mexico

Thursday 2/16 is a powder day in New Mexico in the wake of the 2/15 storm system. Then it’s a dry stretch until a storm system arrives late 2/20 through 2/23 with light to moderate snow accumulation.

Northeast

Rain/snow is likely for the Northeast 2/16-2/17. The best chance of significant snow occurs 2/22-2/23.


February 12, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is the West with a large storm system 2/13-2/15. It delivers colder air and widespread big totals. A second strong storm system arrives 2/19-2/20. On Wednesday and Thursday (2/15-2/16) ski Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. On Friday ski the Northeast. On Saturday it’s really quiet. On Sunday ski Revelstoke, Sunshine, Marmot Basin, Mount Baker, or Stevens Pass.

UtahColorado

Colorado’s key snow days are 2/13-2/15 and 2/20-2/21. The first storm system has bigger totals south of I-70 where I’m forecasting 1-3 feet, 8-16 inches across I-70, and 8-16 inches across the Northern Mountains. The second storm system delivers moderate to heavy accumulation in the same areas. In Utah the first storm system arrives late 2/13-2/14 with moderate snow accumulation. The second storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation on 2/20. In Southern Utah I’m forecasting moderate accumulation at Brian Head 2/14-2/15, and light to moderate accumulation on 2/20. Overall, the bullseye for biggest grand total is Wolf Creek, Silverton, and Red Mountain Pass.

New Mexico

The ski areas benefit from two different southern track storm systems 2/13-2/15 and 2/20. The first storm system is much larger than the second. I’m forecasting about two feet of total accumulation.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Overall the biggest snow accumulation occurs in Wyoming and Montana, with less snow accumulation in Idaho. In Wyoming the key snow days are late 2/13-2/14 with moderate accumulation, and 2/19-2/20 with heavy accumulation. In Montana the key snow days are late 2/13-2/14 with moderate to heavy accumulation, and 2/19-2/20 with moderate to heavy accumulation. In Idaho lighter accumulation 2/13-2/14 with a second storm system on 2/19-2/20.

Snow before you go graph 2-12-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m forecasting two different storm systems with heavy snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest. The first occurs late 2/12-2/13 and 2/18-2/19. Totals of about a foot at Whistler/Blackcomb, and 2-3 feet at Baker, Rainier, Stevens, Timberline, and Bachelor.

Banff Area

Two storm systems are lined-up and the 2nd one is bigger. The first delivers light snow accumulation on 2/13-2/14, and moderate to heavy snow accumulation 2/19-2/20. I’m forecasting grand totals of 8-12 inches at Sunshine and Marmot Basin with more at Revelstoke.

California

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation through 2/21. The best chance is 2/14-2/15.

Northeast

I’m not forecasting any big storm systems for the Northeast. Light snow accumulation occurs 2/17 and 2/21.


February 8, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is the West, and especially the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. On Thursday 2/9 ski Aspen Snowmass, Winter Park, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, or Jackson Hole. On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.  On Saturday ski Mount Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, or Revelstoke.  On Sunday ski British Columbia, Northern Idaho, or Northwest Montana.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m forecasting at least two different storm systems through 2/17. A steady diet of snow continues 2/9-2/14 with heavy accumulation. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Whistler/Blackcomb and Mount Baker. 1-2 feet at Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Mount Bachelor. Drier 2/15-2/16.

Banff Area

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation across Banff between 2/13-2/14. Grand totals of 3-6 inches. Interior British Columbia including Revelstoke and Fernie are in a slightly better position for moderate accumulation. Grand totals of 4-8 inches. The best chances for accumulation occur 2/10-2/13.

Snow before you go graph 2-8-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Light snow accumulation occurs on 2/8 then it’s a waiting game for a storm system on 2/14 with moderate snow accumulation. In Idaho I’m forecasting 10 inches at Schweitzer where the bulk of the snow occurs 2/10-2/11 and 2/13-2/14. Less accumulation at Brundage and Sun Valley. In Montana I’m forecasting 4-12 inches. The key days for snow accumulation are 2/8, 2/12, and 2/14-2/15. In Wyoming I’m forecasting 5-12 inches primarily on 2/8 and 2/14.

UtahColorado

In Colorado, two different storm systems deliver grand totals of 4-14 inches. The first storm system occurs 2/8-2/9 with light to moderate accumulation. The second storm system delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 2/14-2/15. In Utah, it’s mainly about one storm system 2/14-2/15 with moderate accumulation of 4-8 inches.

Snow before you to west 2-17-23.

New Mexico

There are two different storm systems coming to New Mexico, but the second one is much stronger. Light accumulation occurs 2/9. Then heavy snow accumulation occurs 2/14-2/16. Grand totals of 6-12 inches.

California

The Sierra gets brushed by two different storm systems. I’m only forecasting light to moderate grand totals of 2-8 inches.

Northeast

For the Northeast, two different storm systems race through the region through 2/17. But, both look a little warm with a rain/snow mix at the ski areas. This cuts down on snow accumulation. The key dates are 2/9-2/10 and 2/15-2/17.

Snow before you go East 2-17-23.


February 5, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is the West with 2-3 different storm systems. I’m forecasting a bullseye in the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia. On Wednesday 2/8 ski Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Revelstoke, Red Mountain, or Schweitzer. On Thursday ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Friday ski the Northeast. On Saturday ski British Columbia. On Sunday it’s a toss-up with dry conditions in most places.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

We might see a break in the snow early 2/6 then a second storm system hits the Pacific Northwest with heavy snow accumulation through the morning of 2/8. Grand totals of 2-3 feet likely at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, and Rainier. Less accumulation in Oregon with about one foot of accumulation at Timberline and Bachelor. An additional storm system is possible 2/13-2/14.

Banff Area

The bulk of accumulation occurs in British Columbia with about a foot at Revelstoke and Red Mountain between 2/5-2/8. Light snow returns 2/10-2/11. In Banff, I’m forecasting almost a foot at Marmot Basin and less at Sunshine. The best chances are 2/7-2/8.

Snow before you go graph 2-5-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Idaho, the bulk of accumulation occurs 2/5-2/8 with 6-12 inches at Brundage to Schweitzer. Less accumulation at Sun Valley. Light snow returns on 2/14. In Montana I’m forecasting 3-10 inches between 2/5-2/9. In Wyoming I’m forecasting 8-12 inches between 2/5-2/8. The best powder days in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana are 2/6 and 2/8.

California

Most of the accumulation in California occurs on 2/5, making 2/5 and 2/6 powder days across the Sierra. Then the flow dries up until 2/13-2/14.

UtahColorado

In Utah, 2 different waves of moisture deliver grand totals of 6-10 inches of snow between 2/5-2/9. The best powder days are 2/6 and 2/8. In Colorado, two different storm systems deliver 6-16 inch grand totals between 2/6-2/9. Some of the highest totals occur in the San Juan Mountains where over a foot is likely. The biggest powder days are 2/6 and 2/9.

New Mexico

Light snow accumulation possible 2/6-2/9. A large shot of moisture possible around 2/14.

Northeast

A couple different Clippers deliver light snow accumulation. The best chances for snow are 2/7-2/10. The 2/9-2/10 Clipper shows the most promise for a few inches of accumulation. There might be a storm system around 2/14.


February 1, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week is the West with a bullseye in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. On 2/3 Friday ski Shasta, Lake Tahoe, Washington, Oregon, or B.C. On Saturday ski Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, or Stevens Pass. On Sunday ski Shasta, Tahoe or the Pacific Northwest. On Monday ski Brundage, Schweitzer, Tetons, or Wasatch.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The storm track delivers four different storm systems 2/3-2/8 with heavy snow accumulation. I’m forecasting 40-60 inch grand totals at Mount Baker, Stevens Pass, and Whistler/Blackcomb. In Oregon I’m forecasting 20-30 inch grand totals.

Snow before you go graph 2-1-23.

Banff Area

Interior British Columbia benefits from this rich flow with about a foot of grand total snow at Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Fernie between 2/2-2/8. In Banff, less accumulation.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Blow-off from this rich flow benefits all three states between 2/5-2/9. In Idaho, I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow with a lot less at Sun Valley. The big powder days are 2/6-2/9. In Montana, I’m forecasting 4-12 inches of grand total snow. The big powder days are 2/6, 2/7, 2/9. In Wyoming I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow. The big powder days are 2/6-2/9.

Tomer season totals for 2022-23.

UtahColorado

Both states receive 4-12 inches of grand total snow. In Utah the big powder days are 2/6-2/8. In Colorado, the biggest totals occur in the Central and Northern Mountain zones. The big powder days are 2/6-2/8.

California

Snow finally returns to the Sierra late 2/4 through 2/5. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.

Northeast

This is really a quiet period with only minor Clipper storm systems through 2/10. The best chance for light snow accumulation occurs on 2/3-2/4 and 2/8.


January 29, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week starts in the Interior Rockies then transitions to the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia. On Thursday 2/2 ski British Columbia (northern) or interior B.C. including Revelstoke. On Friday ski Whistler/Blackcomb. On Saturday ski Mount Baker, Whistler/Blackcomb, or interior B.C. including Revelstoke. On Sunday ski Mount Baker, Pacific Northwest, Shasta, B.C., or Tahoe.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The period starts dry in the Pacific Northwest, then light snow hits 1/31. A slug of moisture hits Mount Baker and Whistler/Blackcomb 2/3-2/6 with heavy snow accumulation. I’m forecasting 2-3 feet. Less accumulation from Stevens Pass south into Oregon.

Banff Area

The flow is not conducive for big snow in the Banff area. I’m only forecasting light accumulation 1/4-1/6. Interior/Eastern British Columbia will fare better with moderate snow accumulation at Revelstoke 1/31-2/2 and 2/3-2/6.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Monday could still be a powder day in the wake of weekend snow. Then the flow dries up. Moderate snow accumulation returns to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho 2/3-2/6. Grand totals of 2-8 inches.

Snow before you go graph 2-1-23.

UtahColorado

In Colorado, Monday is a powder day with moderate snow accumulation continuing. Then we hit a quiet period until 2/6-2/7 when light snow accumulation returns. In Utah, Monday is a powder day with light snow accumulation continuing especially in Southern Utah. Then the flow dries up until 2/5-2/6 when light to moderate accumulation returns.

California

Monday is a powder day in the wake of Sunday snowfall. Then we hit a quiet period until 2/5-2/6 when moderate to heavy accumulation returns.

Northeast

I’m not forecasting any major storm systems through 2/7. There are 2-3 different Clippers with light snow accumulation. Expect light snow on 1/30, 2/3, and 2/6.


January 25, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week starts in the Northeast then shifts back to the West as the whole pattern pivots. On Thursday 1/26 ski the Northeast. On Friday ski Banff, the Pacific Northwest, Northern Idaho, or Northwest Montana. On Saturday ski the Tetons, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, or Steamboat. On Sunday ski the Tetons, Big Sky, or Tahoe. On Monday ski the Wasatch or Western Slope of Colorado.

Northeast

Snow continues on 1/26 with additional moderate accumulation. 1/26 is a powder day at most resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Then I’m forecasting at least two Alberta Clippers through 1/31 with light accumulation. A final storm system is possible on/around 2/1.

Snow before you go NE 2-3-23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

A fast Northwest Flow dominates the region until 1/28 when the entire pattern and jet stream pivot south. In ID, moderate snow accumulation is likely 1/27-1/28. In WY, heavy accumulation occurs 1/27-1/29 with about two feet of accumulation or more. In MT, heavy accumulation is likely 1/26-1/28 with residual light snow on 1/29. 1-2 feet of grand total snow at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, and Snowbowl.

UtahColorado

A fast Northwest Flow dominates until 1/28 when the entire pattern and jet stream pivot south. In UT, I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 1/27-1/30. Grand totals of 1-2 feet are possible. In CO, the Northern Mountains can expect a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/26-1/31 with grand totals of about two feet. The biggest powder days are 1/28, 1/29, 1/30. The Central and Southern Mountains can expect a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/26-1/31. Grand totals of 1-2 feet for Western Slope locations with less East.

Snow before you go 1-25-23.

New Mexico

It stays dry early then light to moderate snow accumulation occurs 1/30-1/31.

California

It stays dry early then the pattern pivots south with moderate snow accumulation 1/29-1/30.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

There’s really only one snow chance in the Pacific Northwest, and then the pattern pivots south. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/26-1/27. At Whistler-Blackcomb, a shifting pattern almost misses the area. Light snow accumulation occurs 1/26-1/27.

Banff Area

Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs 1/26-1/27 with 4-10 inches then the pattern shifts south. Revelstoke and Fernie can expect about six inches of accumulation.


January 22, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spots this week start in the Northern Rockies then move south later in the period. On Thursday 1/26 ski the Northeast. On Friday ski British Columbia, Banff, WA, MT, northern ID, or WY. On Saturday ski MT, ID, WY, or the Wasatch. On Sunday ski the northern Sierra, Steamboat, or the Wasatch.

Northeast

Light to moderate snow accumulation continues on 1/23. The next storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/25-1/26. Two final smaller disturbances drop light snow accumulation between 1/28-1/30. The biggest powder days for VT, NH, and ME are 1/23 and 1/26.

Snow before you go NE 1-31-23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Most of the storm systems through 1/26 track through Canada, then after 1/26 the jet starts dipping south favoring WA and OR. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/23, moderate accumulation 1/24, then heavy accumulation 1/26-1/27. At Whistler/Blackcomb I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 1/23-1/24, and 1/26-1/27. Grand totals of about 6 inches.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs 1/25-1/28. Grand totals of about 6 inches. In Eastern British Columbia, grand totals of 4-9 inches at Revelstoke, Red Mountain, and Fernie.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In ID, light snow accumulation occurs 1/25, then light to moderate accumulation late 1/26 through 1/29. Grand totals of 5-12 inches. In WY, this is where some of the best totals will occur. A fast northwest flow delivers light snow accumulation on 1/23-1/25, then heavy accumulation late 1/26-1/29. Grand totals of about two feet are possible. In MT, big totals are also likely through 1/31. Light accumulation 1/23-1/25, then moderate accumulation late 1/26-1/28. Grand totals 10-20 inches. Less in NW MT.

Snow before you go 1-22-23 graph.

UtahColorado

In UT, a fast NW flow delivers light snow accumulation 1/24-1/25, then moderate to heavy accumulation 1/28-1/31. Grand totals of two feet are possible. In CO, a fast NW flow delivers light snow accumulation 1/24-1/26, then light to moderate accumulation 1/28-1/31. The biggest totals occur in the Northern Mountain zones where 8-17 inches are possible. The I-70 Corridor can expect 5-10 inches.

New Mexico

It’s a light snow period. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/23-1/24 and possibly a snow chance on 1/31. Grand totals of 2-4 inches.

California

The forecast period starts dry then moderate to heavy snow is possible 1/28-1/31 as the jet stream shifts south.


January 18, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot this week starts out West then moves to the Northeast. On Thursday 1/19 ski Colorado, Tahoe, or the Pacific Northwest. On Friday ski Idaho or the Northeast. On Saturday ski southern Colorado or New Mexico. On Sunday ski Idaho, Montana, or the Tetons. On Monday ski the Northeast.

California

The incredible 20-day atmospheric river is over. The pattern is shifting with the jet stream moving north. I’m only forecasting light to moderate snow on 1/19, and then the pattern completely dries out.

Northeast

I’m forecasting three different storm systems through 1/27. Moderate snow accumulation occurs on 1/19-1/20, heavy accumulation on 1/22-1/23, and heavy accumulation on 1/25-1/26. Grand totals in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine of 1-4 feet.

UtahColorado

After an incredible 20-day atmospheric river the pattern shifts and the atmosphere dries out. In Utah, I’m forecasting two chances for light snow accumulation on 1/19-1/20, and 1/22. Grand totals of 3-6 inches in the Wasatch. In Colorado, the Panhandle hook storm system moves away late 1/18 leaving 1/19 as a powder day with several inches of new snow. Then I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/20, light to moderate accumulation 1/22-1/23, and light accumulation 1/25-1/26. The biggest totals occur near the Front Range high peaks, Summit County, and northern Colorado Mountains.

New Mexico

Snow gradually ends late 1/18 making 1/19 a powder day. I’m also forecasting light accumulation 1/20-1/21, and moderate accumulation 1/22-1/23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The pattern shifts and becomes a fast NW flow through 1/27. In Idaho I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/19, 1/21-1/22. In Wyoming I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 1/19-1/20, moderate accumulation 1/21-1/22, and light accumulation 1/24-1/25. In Montana, I’m forecasting light accumulation 1/19-1/20, moderate accumulation 1/22-1/25 with grand totals of 4-8 inches.

Snow before you go graph 1/18/23

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The storm track shifts back to the Pacific Northwest through 1/27. I’m forecasting a few different snow chances. Snow ends on 1/18 making 1/19 a powder day. Then I’m forecasting moderate to heavy accumulation on 1/21, and light to moderate accumulation 1/23-1/24. Grand totals of 6-12 inches. Less accumulation in Oregon with 2-6 inches.

Banff Area

I’m not forecasting a lot of snow through 1/27. Light snow accumulation occurs 1/19, 1/21-1/22. Grand totals of 2-6 inches at Marmot Basin and Sunshine. In BC, 4-8 inches at Fernie, Red Mountain, and Revelstoke.


January 15, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot for best snow starts out West then the Northeast also gets new snow through 1/24. On Thursday 1/19 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Brundage, Schweitzer, Loveland, Steamboat, or Winter Park. On Friday 1/20 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, Western Slope of Colorado, or Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. On Saturday 1/21 ski Maine, Pacific Northwest, British Columbia or New Mexico. On Sunday 1/22 ski Banff, British Columbia, Pacific Northwest, Schweizer, Brundage or parts of Montana.

Northeast

Wrap-around snow hits NH and ME on 1/16 with light to moderate accumulation. Then a larger storm system delivers heavy snow accumulation 1/19-1/20. Another storm system is possible 1/22-1/23 with light to moderate accumulation. A final storm system might brush the area on 1/24. Overall, the biggest powder days are 1/21-1/23. Grand totals of 1-2 feet are possible in VT and NH with up to three feet in ME.

Snow before you go NE 1-24-23.

California

Heavy snow continues in California on 1/16 with the final surge of atmospheric river (AR) moisture. It marks the end of an incredible 15-day AR. A smaller non-AR storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation on 1/18-1/19.

Snow before you go graph 1-15-23

UtahColorado

In Utah, moderate snow accumulation continues 1/16-1/17. Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs on 1/19-1/20. I’m forecasting grand totals of 1-2 feet. In CO, a prolonged period of moderate snow accumulation occurs 1/16-1/20. There will be breaks in the snow. Light snow accumulation returns 1/23. I’m forecasting grand totals of about a foot at most ski areas.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

A very snowy period is ahead for the Pacific Northwest. Heavy snow accumulation continues 1/16-1/18. Heavy snow accumulation is again likely 1/21-1/24. I’m forecasting grand totals of 3-5 feet at Baker, Stevens Pass, and Whistler/Blackcomb. About a foot at Timberline and Bachelor.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs 1/19, then moderate accumulation 1/22-1/24. I’m forecasting grand totals of about a foot at Sunshine and Marmot Basin. Similar amounts at Fernie and Red Mountain. Bigger totals at Revelstoke.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Idaho, the bulk of accumulation occurs from Brundage to Schweitzer with less at Sun Valley. Light snow accumulation on 1/16, moderate accumulation 1/18-1/19, and light to moderate accumulation 1/22-1/24. In MT, moderate accumulation 1/16, light accumulation 1/19, and light to moderate accumulation 1/22-1/24. Grand totals of 5-12 inches. In WY, moderate snow accumulation 1/16, light accumulation 1/19, and moderate accumulation 1/22-1/24. I’m forecasting grand totals of 1-2 feet at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee.


January 11, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot for best new snow continues to be the West through 1/20, as a number of ski resorts out west have recently surpassed 300 inches for the season. The atmospheric river (AR) delivers 1-2 additional moderate intensity moisture surges. On Thursday 1/12 ski Shasta or the Pacific Northwest. On Friday 1/13 ski the Pacific Northwest. On Saturday 1/14 ski Idaho, British Columbia, Tahoe, or Shasta. On Sunday 1/15 ski the Sierra, Wasatch, or Southwest Colorado.

California

The incredible 15-day atmospheric river fades on/after 1/17 in California. Snow tapers-off on 1/12. Then the next AR surge hits 1/14-1/16 with heavy snow accumulation at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth. One final storm system is possible with moderate to heavy snowfall on 1/18-1/19. I’m forecasting grand totals of 30-60 inches by 1/20.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Two additional weak to moderate intensity AR surges are likely with heavy snow accumulation. The first occurs 1/12-1/15, and the 2nd occurs 1/17-1/19. I’m forecasting grand totals of 3-4 feet including Bachelor, Timberline, Stevens Pass, Baker, and Whistler/Blackcomb.

Graphic of winter snow totals as of January 11

Banff Area

The bulk of snow accumulation occurs in British Columbia with only light to moderate accumulation from Marmot Basin to Sunshine Village. The best chances are 1/14, 1/15, 1/18. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation at Revelstoke, Fernie and Red Mountain of 1-2 feet.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Wyoming and Idaho get the brunt of the accumulation. Less accumulation in Montana. In ID, I’m forecasting light to moderate accumulation 1/12, 1/14, 1/15, and moderate accumulation 1/17-1/19 with grand totals of 1-2 feet. In WY, I’m forecasting a prolonged period of moderate to heavy accumulation 1/14-1/19 with grand totals of 1-2 feet.

UtahColorado

In Utah, I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/14-1/16, and moderate accumulation 1/19-1/20. Grand totals of roughly two feet in the Wasatch. Brian Head gets 15-20 inches. In Colorado, the biggest snow totals occur across the Western Slope and San Juan Mountains. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy accumulation 1/15-1/18, and moderate accumulation 1/19-1/20. Grand totals of 1-2 feet for Vail, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory, Monarch, and Wolf Creek.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 1/14 through 1/18 in New Mexico. A second shot of snow is possible on 1/20. Grand totals of roughly 12-16 inches.

Northeast

One storm system slides through 1/13-1/14 with snow initially then rain. A 2nd colder, more potent storm system is possible around 1/19-1/20. Without the 2nd storm system, I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.


January 8, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot through 1/17 is the West with a continuation of the Atmospheric River (AR). On Thursday 1/12 ski Shasta, the Wasatch, Western Slope of Colorado, Tetons, or the Northeast. On Friday 1/13 ski the Pacific Northwest or the Northeast. On Saturday 1/14 ski the Northeast, Shasta, or Tahoe. On Sunday 1/15 ski the Sierra, Sun Valley, Wasatch or Brian Head.

California

Two additional AR surges are likely through 1/17. Snow levels run abnormally high on 1/9 then gradually fall. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/10 and again 1/13-1/15. Grand totals range from 50-90 inches by 1/17.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

3-4 different storm systems deliver a prolonged period of snow accumulation through 1/17. Moderate snow accumulation continues into 1/9-1/10, late 1/11 through 1/14, and late 1/15 through 1/17. Grand totals around two feet from Whistler/Blackcomb to Baker to Rainier to Stevens Pass. 1-2 feet in Oregon.

Banff Area

The bulk of snow accumulation stays in Western British Columbia. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation into 1/9 and 1/13-1/14.

Snow before you go 1/8/23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In ID, the bulk of snow accumulation occurs from Brundage south to Sun Valley between 1/9-1/12 with 1-2 feet of accumulation (significantly less at Schweitzer). Light snow accumulation 1/14-1/16. In MT, the bulk of snow accumulation occurs at Big Sky with significantly less elsewhere. Moderate snow accumulation 1/9-1/11, and light to moderate accumulation 1/14-1/17. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Big Sky with about six inches elsewhere. In WY, I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/1, and light to moderate accumulation 1/14-1/17. Grand totals of about two feet.

UtahColorado

Two different storm systems laced with AR moisture deliver heavy snow in UT and parts of CO through 1/17. In UT, heavy snow occurs 1/9-1/11, and 1/14-1/17. Grand totals of 2-3 feet are likely in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons. In CO, the Western Slope ski areas receive the biggest totals through 1/17. Moderate to heavy snow occurs 1/10-1/11, and 1/15-1/17. Less accumulation east of Vail through Summit County and across the Front Range high peaks.

New Mexico

Two different storm systems deliver grand totals of 8-14 inches by 1/17. Moderate snow accumulation on 1/11, and moderate accumulation 1/15-1/16.

Northeast

The bulk of snow accumulation occurs 1/12-1/14. Some of the precipitation falls as rain on 1/13 before changing back to snow. I’m forecasting grand totals of 9-18 inches in VT, NH, and ME by 1/17.


January 4, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot over the next 7 days is the West with a continuation of the atmospheric river (AR) and 3 moderate intensity moisture surges. On Thursday 1/5 ski the Sierra. On Friday 1/6 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Colorado. On Saturday 1/7 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Shasta. On Sunday 1/8 ski interior British Columbia, Shasta, or Tahoe.

California

The atmospheric river continues with three moderate intensity moisture surges. The first continues into 1/5 with heavy snow accumulation. The second surge occurs 1/8 with heavy snow accumulation. The third surge occurs 1/9-1/10 with heavy snow accumulation. Overall, I’m forecasting grand totals of about 80 inches at Shasta, 60 inches at Tahoe, and 80-90 inches at Mammoth.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The atmospheric river shifts north and delivers a prolonged period of heavy snow for Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia through 1/13. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 1/5-1/9, and 1/11-1/13 with grand totals of 2-4 feet.

Banff Area

The bulk of heavy snow stays west of the Banff Area. I’m only forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation mainly 1/9-1/11. A prolonged period of light to moderate snow accumulation is likely at Revelstoke and Red Mountain 1/6-1/10 with grand totals of 1-2 feet.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The bulk of snow accumulation occurs in Idaho and Wyoming through 1/13. In ID and WY, I’m forecasting light snow 1/5-1/7, and moderate to heavy accumulation 1/8-1/11. Grand totals in ID and WY range from about 1-2 feet by 1/13. In Montana, grand totals of 1-5 inches.

UtahColorado

There are two main waves of moisture through 1/13. In Utah, I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/5-1/6, and moderate to heavy accumulation 1/9-1/11. In Colorado, I’m forecasting less overall accumulation. Light to moderate accumulation 1/6, and light accumulation 1/9-1/11. Grand totals in UT range from 1-2 feet in the Wasatch. In CO, grand totals range from 1 to 11 inches.

Snow before you go 1-13-23 NE.

Northeast

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation through 1/13. Rain changes to snow on 1/5, light snow accumulation on 1/6 and 1/7, and 1/9. Grand totals range from 1-4 inches.


January 1, 2023

Tomer’s Take

Happy New Year! The hot spot through 1/9 remains the West with a continuation of the atmospheric river. On Thursday 1/5 ski the Sierra. On Friday 1/6 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Colorado. On Saturday 1/7 ski the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Sunday 1/8 ski Shasta or Tahoe.

California

The atmospheric river (AR) continues through 1/9 with ‘weak to moderate’ intensity. About four different moisture surges are likely. Light snow accumulation occurs on 1/2-1/3, heavy accumulation 1/4-1/5, light on 1/6 and 1/7, and heavy on 1/9-1/0. I’m forecasting a grand total of 75 inches at Shasta, and about 45-50 inches at Tahoe and Mammoth.

Tomer snow before your go graph 1-1-23

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Light snow accumulation occurs 1/3-1/4, moderate to heavy 1/5-1/6, and light to moderate 1/8-1/10. I’m forecasting 1-3 foot grand totals through 1/9 with the high end totals at Baker, Stevens Pass, and Whistler/Blackcomb.

Banff Area

The bulk of the snowfall misses the Banff area through 1/9 with the storm track running south. I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation. However, moderate snow accumulation occurs throughout interior/western British Columbia with grand totals of 6-10 inches at Fernie, Revelstoke, and Red Mountain.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Wyoming and Idaho get the bulk of the snow accumulation through 1/9. In Idaho, light to moderate accumulation 1/3-1/6 and 1/9. The biggest powder day for Sun Valley, Brundage, and Schweitzer occurs 1/5-1/6. In Wyoming, a steady light accumulation occurs 1/2-1/4. Then moderate to heavy accumulation 1/5-1/6. In Montana, I’m forecasting light snow accumulation mainly 1/5-1/6.

UtahColorado

In Colorado, I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of grand total snow through 1/9 across the Western Slope. About a foot in Summit County and areas east of Vail. A steady feed of moderate to heavy accumulation occurs 1/2-1/4. Another shot of moderate accumulation on 1/6. In Utah, I’m forecasting about a foot of grand total snow through 1/9. Moderate snow accumulation continues on 1/2 then turns lighter into 1/3. Moderate to heavy accumulation 1/5-1/6.

New Mexico

Moderate to heavy accumulation continues into 1/2-1/3. Light snow accumulation 1/6 and 1/9. I’m forecasting about 6-14 inches of grand total snow.

Snow before you go mid-mountain west 1-9-23.

Northeast

I’m forecasting one primary storm system 1/3-1/5. But, it’s mainly rain on 1/3-1/4 then turning snow into 1/5 with light accumulation. Light snow possible 1/9-1/10 with a Clipper.


December 28, 2022

Tomer’s Take

2022 ends with a bang! A powerful atmospheric river continues to deliver four different storm systems along with big snow totals across the West through 1/6. On Thursday 12/29 ski Colorado or the Pacific Northwest/BC. On Friday 12/30 ski the Pacific Northwest or Shasta. On Saturday 12/31 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, Tahoe, or the Western Slope of Colorado. On Sunday 1/1 ski the Wasatch, Mammoth, Tahoe, or the Western Slope of Colorado.

California

An atmospheric river continues through 1/6. Heavy snow accumulation on 12/29-12/31. Heavy snow accumulation on 1/2-1/5. I’m forecasting grand totals of about 60 inches at Shasta, about 70 inches at Tahoe, and about 90 inches at Mammoth. Snow levels may run abnormally high at times.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Several different storm systems are likely through 1/6. Heavy snow accumulation on 12/29-12/30 with residual snow on 12/31. Then a prolonged period of moderate to heavy snow 1/2-1/6. I’m forecasting grand totals of about 2-3 feet.

Banff Area

Only light snow accumulation reaches Banff. But, moderate to heavy snow accumulation is likely through interior British Columbia.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Wyoming and Idaho get the heaviest accumulation. Less accumulation in Montana. Light to moderate snow accumulation 12/29. Heavy snow accumulation 12/30-12/31. Residual snow on 1/1. Heavy snow accumulation 1/4-1/5 with residual snow on 1/6. I’m forecasting grand totals of 2-3 feet in the Tetons, 1-2 feet in Idaho, and up to six inches in Montana.

UtahColorado

This will be a big period for new snow and avalanche risk. In Utah, heavy snow accumulation 12/30-1/1 and again 1/4-1/6. In Colorado, residual snow on 12/29, heavy snow accumulation 12/31-1/2, and heavy snow accumulation 1/4-1/6. I’m forecasting grand totals of 60-70 inches in the Wasatch, and 2-3 (or slightly more) feet across the Western Slope of Colorado with less east of Vail across the Front Range high peaks.

New Mexico

Residual snow on 12/29 then moderate snow accumulation 1/1-/2 and 1/5. I’m forecasting grand totals of about a foot at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Northeast

A weak Clipper delivers light snow accumulation on 12/28 then a larger storm system delivers rain then snow on/about 1/1. Northern VT, northern NH, and northern ME are favored for wrap-around snow. Another storm system arrives on/about 1/3 with rain/snow.


December 26, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The last week of the year is setting up to bring huge snowfall numbers for many ski resorts out west. The hot spot for best new snow through 1/4 is the West with a strong (intensity) atmospheric river pattern. On Thursday 12/29 ski Colorado including Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Loveland, Wolf Creek, Telluride, and Silverton. On Friday 12/30 ski the Sierra or Pacific Northwest. On Saturday 12/31 ski the Sierra, Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Slope of Colorado. On Sunday 1/1 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Western Slope of Colorado.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Heavy snow is likely with several different waves of moisture riding a powerful jet stream and atmospheric river pattern through 1/4. Heavy snow accumulation is likely on 12/26-12/30 then a break with additional snow 1/3-1/4. Grand totals of three feet or more is likely on the high volcanoes and Cascades.

Snow before you go graph 12-26-22.

California

A strong to possibly extreme intensity atmospheric river (AR) pattern runs 12/27-1/4 with 4-5 different waves of moisture. It’s like a firehose of moisture aimed at the Sierra. Heavy snow accumulation is likely 12/27, 12/29, 12/30, 12/31, 1/2-1/4. Grand totals of 50-80 inches are likely from Shasta, to Tahoe, to Mammoth. Watch snow levels carefully as this AR develops. Strong AR’s tend to raise snow levels abnormally high.

UtahColorado

The blow-off from the atmospheric river also benefits UT and CO. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation late 12/27, 12/28, 12/30, 12/31, 1/1, with additional accumulation possible 1/3-1/4. Grand totals in the Wasatch of 2-5 feet. Grand Totals across the Western Slope of Colorado of 2-4 feet.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The blow-off from the atmospheric river also benefits ID and WY. Less snow for MT. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation in ID and WY 12/27, 12/28, 12/30, 12/31, and 1/1. Grand totals in ID and WY 1-3 feet. In MT, grand totals run 3-10 inches.

Banff Area

Most of the blow-off from the atmospheric river benefits interior British Columbia with less making it to Banff. The best chances for moderate snow accumulation in Banff are 12/26-12/28. Heavy snow accumulation in Fernie, Revelstoke, and Red Mountain on 12/26, 12/27, 12/28, 12/30.

Snow before you go NE 12-26-22.

Northeast

I’m forecasting lake effect snow, a couple small Alberta Clippers with light snow accumulation, and a larger storm system on/around 1/1 with mainly rain.


December 21, 2022

Tomer’s Take

It’s the Christmas Weekend Snow Before You Go! The hot spot for best new snow through Christmas is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff, Northern Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado. In the Northeast, a large storm system moves through 12/23 but it’s too warm with rain cutting down on accumulation in New England. My Christmas Weekend picks for where to ski: On Friday 12/23 ski the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.  On Saturday 12/24 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Northern Idaho.  On Sunday 12/25 ski Banff, Northern Idaho, or the Tetons.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Two different storm systems deliver heavy snow accumulation to the volcanoes and Cascades. Heavy snow is likely 12/23-12/24 and 12/26-12/29. Less accumulation in Oregon. Heavy snow through interior British Columbia.

Banff Area

Light to moderate accumulation 12/23-12/25. Light accumulation on 12/27. Heavier accumulation west including Revelstoke.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Residual snow from 12/21 concludes early 12/22. Light to moderate accumulation 12/23-12/25. Southern ID gets less snow. Best powder days are 12/22 and 12/25.

Snow before you go graph 12-21-22.

UtahColorado

Residual snow from 12/21 concludes on 12/22. Then, light to moderate accumulation 12/24-12/26. Heavier accumulation in the Northern Mountains of Colorado. Best powder days are 12/22 in the Wasatch, and 12/22, 12/25-12/26 in the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado.

California

The Sierra gets brushed by light snow 12/22-12/23. Then it’s a waiting game until a potential moderate intensity atmospheric river (AR) sets up on/after 12/27 with heavy snow accumulation.

Snow before you go NE 12-21-22.

Northeast

A large, deep area of low pressure (what was the Western Arctic front) moves through with high wind on 12/23. The track puts the ski areas of VT, NH, and ME in the warm sector with snow initially then rain then back to snow. This cuts down on the snow accumulation. Lake effect snow is likely in the wake of the big storm 12/24-12/25. Look to ME for some of the best storm snow.


December 18, 2022

Tomer’s Take

Christmas week is here! The hot spot for best snow through Christmas is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. My Christmas week picks for where to ski: On Thursday 12/22 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or the Central & Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Friday 12/23 ski the Central & Northern Mountains of Colorado or Oregon. On Saturday 12/24 ski the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia. On Sunday 12/25 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Banff.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation on 12/20, then heavy snow accumulation with a firehose of moisture 12/23-12/26.

Banff Area

Residual light snow early on 12/19, then moderate snow accumulation 12/24-12/26.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

An Arctic front delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/19-12/21. Biggest totals occur in the Wasatch and Central Idaho. Then, light to moderate accumulation 12/23-12/25. The biggest powder day overall appears to be 12/21.

Snow Before You Go: Where to Find the Best Snow this Week Graph 12-26-22.

UtahColorado

An Arctic front delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 12/20-12/22 to the Wasatch and Central & Northern Mountain zones of Colorado. Less accumulation in the Southern Mountains. A second shot of light to moderate snow accumulation occurs 12/23-12/24. Again this favors the Wasatch and Central & Northern Mountains of Colorado. Snow could linger in the Northern Mountains of Colorado through Christmas with additional light accumulation.

California

I’m only forecasting two tiny chances for light snow accumulation through Christmas. The first occurs on 12/19-12/20, and the 2nd occurs on 12/23.

Snow Before You Go: Where to Find the Best Snow this Week mid-mountain NE 12-26-22.

Northeast

The Western Arctic front turns into a large area of low pressure destined for the Northeast on/around 12/23. Unfortunately, too much warm air flushes the ski areas. Precipitation starts as snow then turns over to a lot of rain before changing back to snow. I think it’s possible the resorts in VT, NH, and ME squeeze out 2-9 inches of snow. Also, we’re looking at significant lake effect snow 12/24-12/25.


December 14, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The powder hot spot initially is the Northeast then it shifts back to the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Banff. My weekend ski picks: On Thursday 12/15 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or Colorado. On Friday, 12/16 and Saturday 12/17 ski the Northeast. On Sunday 12/18 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Banff area.

Northeast

I’m finally forecasting a major snowstorm for the Northeast. The Western blizzard rides a powerful jet stream 12/16-12/17 and delivers heavy snow accumulation. Most of the resorts in VT, NH, and ME get a foot or more plus colder air. Another strong storm system is possible 12/22-12/23.

Graphic of snow forecast for North America for mid-December

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The pattern remains quiet through 12/16 then a large trough arrives with moderate to heavy snow 12/17-12/21. Two different storm systems are possible during that period.

Banff Area

A trough and cold front delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 12/16 through 12/18.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Residual light snow continues into early 12/15, then the weather pattern turns quiet until a trough and cold front delivers moderate snow accumulation 12/18-12/20. Additional snow is likely beyond 12/20.

UtahColorado

Residual light snow continues into early 12/15, then the pattern turns quiet. The next trough with snow accumulation arrives on/after 12/19 (through 12/23). This appears to deliver moderate to heavy accumulation.

California

The pattern stays quiet until a trough arrives 12/19-12/21 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.


December 11, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot for best new snow through 12/19 is initially the West then it might shift to the Northeast. Most of this week you can’t go wrong in the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado.  On Friday 12/16 ski the Northeast if the coastal low develops.  On Saturday 12/17 ski the Northeast or Banff.  On Sunday 12/18 ski Banff or Montana.

California

The powerhouse low and moderate atmospheric river dries up on 12/12, but the powder skiing will be excellent with feet of new total snow. It’s a long dry stretch through 12/19.

Tomer Graph December 11, 2022.

UtahColorado

In Utah I’m forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow between 12/11-12/12 in the Wasatch with some additional light accumulation on 12/13. Then it’s a dry stretch through 12/19. In Colorado, I’m also forecasting 1-2 feet of total snow in the Central and Northern Mountain zones between 12/11-12/12 but the snow lingers on 12/13 and possibly early 12/14 with light additional accumulation. In both cases, strong wind 25-60mph is likely on 12/11 into very early 12/12. Much colder air pours in. I like Cameron Pass, Steamboat, Buffalo Pass, Longs Peak, RMNP, Eldora, Winter Park, and Loveland for the biggest totals between 12/11-12/14.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In the Tetons, I’m forecasting 10-15 inch grand totals between 12/11-12/12. In Idaho, I’m forecasting 1-4 inches between 12/11-12/12. In Montana, I’m forecasting 4-8 inches around Bridger Bowl and Big Sky with less accumulation elsewhere. Strong wind and much colder air is likely across the board. Light additional accumulation might brush MT, WY, and northern ID on 12/14 and 12/17 with Clipper like storm systems.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation (if any) between 12/11-12/15 (and mainly in OR) with the storm track so far to the south. Light additional accumulation possible as the jet reorganizes 12/16-12/19.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs between 12/13-12/14 with a Clipper. Another shot of light accumulation possible 12/17-12/18.

Tomer mid-mountain 12-19-22.

Northeast

Light snow accumulation brushes southern New England on 12/11. Then it’s dry. The main chance for heavy snow accumulation occurs with a possible coastal low on 12/16-12/17. The track will have to be perfect to generate the snow totals I’m forecasting. Otherwise the totals will be much smaller.


December 7, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot for best snow through 12/12 is the West with two storm systems lined-up. My picks for where to ski: On Thursday 12/8 ski Western or Southwest Colorado. On Friday 12/9 ski the Pacific Northwest or Idaho. On Saturday 12/10 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, or the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Sunday ski the Sierra, Sun Valley, or the Pacific Northwest.

Colorado

Remnant snow comes to an end on 12/8. A wave of light snow is possible late 12/9 into early 12/10. Heavy snow accumulation is likely from a strong area of low pressure 12/12-12/13 along with colder air. The best powder days are 12/8, 12/12, and 12/13.

Utah

Remnant light snow ends early 12/8. Moderate snow accumulation likely on 12/9. Heavy snow accumulation likely 12/11-12/12 and possibly lingering into early 12/13. The best powder days are 12/8, 12/11, 12/12 and 12/13.

California

Two different storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/8-12/9 to Shasta but only light to moderate accumulation to Tahoe and Mammoth. The second storm system is stronger 12/10-12/11 with a weak atmospheric river contribution, better orographics, colder air, and heavy snow accumulation (2-3 feet).

Graphic of Western North America snow totals for second weekend of December 2022

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Two different storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/8-12/9. The second delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation from late 12/9 through 12/11. Grand totals of 1-2 feet with 3 feet possible on Baker.

Banff Area

The primary storm track remains south of the area through 12/12. Light snow accumulation occurs 12/8-12/9. A second round of light accumulation is possible 12/10-12/11.

Snow before you go graph 12-7-22

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Two different storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first delivers moderate snow accumulation to ID between 12/8-12/9. The accumulation is lighter in MT. In WY, the accumulation is light on 12/9. The second storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation to ID and WY 12/10-12/12. Accumulation is lighter in MT as the storm tracks to the south. The best powder days at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are 12/10-12/12.

Northeast

Unfortunately, I don’t see much through 12/12. There is a slight chance for snow on 12/11-12/12 as snow dives through southern New England. Unless a coastal low develops, total snow amounts are light.


December 4, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot through 12/12 is the West with three different snow storm systems lined-up. My picks for where to ski: On Friday 12/9 ski the Pacific Northwest, British ColumbiaSchweitzer, or Brundage. On Saturday 12/10 ski the Sierras, Tetons, or Wasatch. On Sunday 12/11 ski the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado, Sun Valley, or the Tetons.

California

Three storm systems are lined-up. The first storm continues to snow on the Sierra through 12/5 and possibly 12/6. Expect grand totals. The second storm system arrives 12/8-12/9 with moderate to heavy accumulation. A possible third storm around 12/10-12/11 delivers moderate snow accumulation.

UtahColorado

Two storm systems are lined-up. The first delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/4-12/7. The second delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 12/8-12/12. The best powder days in the Wasatch are 12/5-12/6 and 12/10-12/12. The best powder days in the Central Mountains of Colorado are 12/6-12/8 and 12/10-12/12.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Two storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/4-12/6 in ID and MT with heavy accumulation in WY. The second delivers heavy accumulation 9/10-9/12 to ID, WY, MT.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

Three storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first just brushes OR and WA with light accumulation 12/4-12/5. The second delivers heavy accumulation 12/6-12/9. The third delivers heavy accumulation 12/11-12/13.

Banff Area

Two different storm systems are lined-up through 12/12. The first delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/4-12/6. The second delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/9-12/12. Heavier accumulation falls in British Columbia.

Snow before you go East 12/4-12/7/22.

Northeast

Two storm systems are lined-up but the pattern is not conducive of heavy snow. The first delivers mainly rain 12/6-12/7 with some light snow on the back side. The second might be colder with light snow around 12/12.

Snow before you go 12-4-22 graph.

 


November 30, 2022

Tomer’s Take

Powder days abound in the West this week. Many ski resorts will be measuring snow in feet. The hot spot through 12/7 is the West with major snow totals from two different storm systems. My picks for where to ski: On Thursday 12/1 ski Schweitzer, Whitefish, or Brundage. On Friday 12/2 ski the Sierras, Tetons, or Wasatch. On Saturday 12/3 ski the Wasatch or the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado. On Sunday 12/4 ski the Sierras.

California

A weak atmospheric river delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/1-12/2 with storm #1. Storm #2 delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/3-12/5 and a very weak atmospheric river setup. Grand totals will be measured in feet from Shasta, to Tahoe, to Mammoth.

Utah

Storm #1 delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/1-12/2 along with strong wind gusts of 50-60mph. Storm #2 delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/4-12/5. Grand totals at Alta and Snowbird approach three feet.

Colorado

Storm #1 delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation on 12/2 along with strong wind gusts of 50-60mph. Storm #2 delivers a prolonged period of heavy snow accumulation 12/4-12/6. Overall, the bulk of grand total accumulation occurs in the Central and Northern Mountain zones (1-2 feet). Less accumulation in the Southern Mountains.

Wyoming

Light snow accumulation precedes storm #1 on 11/30. Storm #1 delivers heavy snow accumulation 12/1-12/2 along with strong wind gusts 40-50mph. Storm #2 delivers a prolonged period of heavy snow accumulation 12/4-12/6. Grand totals approach three feet.

Idaho

Grand totals range from 1-2 feet by 12/5 from a two-storm combo. Storm #1 is stronger than storm #2. Storm #1 delivers heavy snow accumulation 11/30-12/2. Storm #2 delivers light to moderate snow accumulation 12/4-12/5.

Montana

Grand totals range from 1-2 feet by 12/6 from a two-storm combo. Light snow on 11/30 precedes storm #1. Storm #1 delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/1-12/2. Storm #2 delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/4-12/5.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler/Blackcomb

The bulk of snow for Whistler/Blackcomb comes early in the period of 11/30.  Then it turns drier with only light snow 12/2-12/3. In Washington and Oregon, heavy snow accumulation occurs 11/30-12/1.  A second storm system on 12/2-12/3 delivers moderate to heavy accumulation.  Another storm system is possible on 12/7-12/8.

Banff Area

Two storm systems through 12/7 deliver moderate snow accumulation. Storm #1 delivers light to moderate accumulation 11/30-12/1. Storm #2 delivers light accumulation 12/5-12/7.

Snow before you go NE Nov 30 2022.

Northeast

Two storm systems are lined-up through 12/7 but both start warm with rain before changing to snow. I’m forecasting grand totals through 12/7 of 3-7 inches at the ski areas.

Graphic of odds for best snow in early december

 


November 27, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The hot spot through 12/4 is the West with a large pattern shift and 2-3 storm combo. Major snow totals are likely. My picks for where to ski: On Friday 12/2 ski Schweitzer, Brundage, or the Sierras. On Saturday 12/3 ski the Sierras, Tetons, or Wasatch. On Sunday 12/4 ski the Western Slope of Colorado, the Wasatch, or Tetons.

California

2-3 different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first storm system only brushes the Sierra 11/28-11/29 with light accumulation. Storm number two is major with heavy snow accumulation 12/1-12/2 (weak atmospheric river). A third storm system is possible with moderate snow accumulation on 12/4.

Pacific Northwest

Three different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers moderate snow accumulation 11/27-11/28. The second delivers heavy snow accumulation 11/29-12/2. The third delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 12/3-12/4.

Whistler/Blackcomb

Three different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 11/27-11/28. The second delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 11/29-11/30. The third delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/2-12/3.

Banff Area

2-3 different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers light to moderate accumulation 11/27-11/28. The second delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 11/30-12/2. Influence from a third storm system is possible on 12/3-12/4.

Idaho

Three different storm systems are possible through 12/4 with major accumulation. The first delivers moderate accumulation 11/27-11/28. The second and third deliver an extended period of heavy snow between 11/30-12/4. Several powder days are likely.

Montana

2-3 different storm systems are possible through 12/4. The first delivers light accumulation 11/27-11/28. The second delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/2-12/3. A third storm delivers light accumulation on 12/4-12/5.

Wyoming

Three different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers heavy snow accumulation 11/27-11/29. Light residual snow possible on 12/30. The second storm system delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 12/2-12/3. A third storm delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/4-12/5.

Colorado

Two different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers moderate to heavy accumulation in the Central and Northern Mountain zones 11/28-11/29 with much colder air. The Southern Mountains receive moderate accumulation. The third storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation 12/2-12/3 to the Central and Northern Mountain zones. The Southern Mountains receive moderate to heavy accumulation.

Utah

2-3 different storm systems are lined-up through 12/4. The first delivers heavy accumulation 11/28-11/29. The second delivers moderate to heavy accumulation 12/2-12/3. A third possible storm system delivers moderate accumulation 12/4-12/5. Grand total snow accumulation in Little Cottonwood Canyon between 11/27-12/4 is likely to exceed two feet.

Northeast

Two different storm systems are likely through 12/4, but most of the precipitation falls as rain with only light snow accumulation on the back side of each system.

Snow before you go 11-22-22

 


November 22, 2022

Tomer’s Take

The hot spots through Thanksgiving are the Pacific Northwest, Banff, and northern Rockies. After Thanksgiving the pattern shifts and most of the West turns snowier and colder. In the Northeast, a storm system on 11/25-11/26 is trending weaker with a 2nd possibly stronger storm system behind it on 11/27-11/28.

My picks for where to ski on Thanksgiving day: Ski the Tetons, Big Sky, Steamboat, Eldora, Winter Park, Loveland, or Arapahoe Basin. On Friday 11/25 ski the Northeast. On Saturday ski British Columbia or Pacific Northwest. On Sunday ski Schweitzer, Banff Area, Pacific Northwest or British Columbia.

Northeast

There are two storm systems through 11/28. The first continues to trend weaker with light snow accumulation on 11/25-11/26. A second storm system might follow in its footsteps on 11/27-11/28 with light to moderate snow accumulation.

East mid-mountain 11-27-22

Pacific Northwest

Snow gradually ends late 11/22. The pattern turns more active with a couple different storm systems lined-up 11/25-11/28 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Whistler/Blackcomb

Snow gradually ends late 11/22. The pattern turns more active with a couple different storm systems lined-up 11/25-11/28 with moderate snow accumulation.

Graphic of West Coast snow forecast for Thanksgiving

Banff Area

Light snow between 11/22-11/23. Then it’s drier until 11/27-11/28 when moderate snow accumulation arrives.

California

High pressure remains in control until a pattern shift occurs on/after 11/26. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation 11/27-11/29.

Wyoming and Montana

Light snow on 11/23. Then moderate to heavy accumulation 11/27-11/29.

Idaho

Light to moderate accumulation 11/22-11/23 especially in northern Idaho around Schweitzer. Then a more active pattern delivers moderate accumulation 11/27-11/29.

Graphic of West Coast snow forecast for Thanksgiving

Colorado

Light to moderate accumulation 11/23-11/24. A more active pattern delivers moderate snow accumulation 11/27-11/29.

Utah

Light snow on 11/23. Then it’s dry until a pattern change occurs on/after 11/26. Moderate to heavy accumulation 11/26-11/29.


November 20, 2022

Tomer’s Take

It’s a see-saw storm track through Thanksgiving with a high pressure ridge West and a potential storm system for the East. Then the pattern shifts for the Pacific Northwest bringing snow back into the forecast.

My picks for some of the best skiing on Thanksgiving and Black Friday include British Columbia, Pacific Northwest, Banff Area, and Schweitzer. On Saturday 11/26 ski the Northeast or the Pacific Northwest. On Sunday 11/27 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff Area, Montana, Idaho, or Wyoming.

Northeast

There’s nothing big until possibly 11/25-11/26 when a coastal low pressure develops. The intensity and track are still in question. At this point I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation for the interior ski areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. These numbers increase if the intensity and track are optimal.

Pacific Northwest and Whistler/Blackcomb

An incredibly dry stretch finally ends on or after 11/22 when a pattern shift occurs allowing a small storm system to sneak through with light to moderate snow accumulation. This opens the door for a more organized storm system and better moisture flow between 11/24-11/27 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation is possible 11/22-11/23. Then light to moderate snow accumulation possible 11/24-11/27 with a pattern shift.

Wyoming, Montana and Idaho

Light snow accumulation possible 11/23. But, there’s nothing big until the pattern shifts between 11/26-11/28 when moderate to heavy snow accumulation is possible.

Colorado and Utah

A mainly dry pattern with high pressure in control through 11/25. Then a pattern shift delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation between 11/26-11/28.

New Mexico

A mainly dry pattern with high pressure in control through 11/27. Then light snow is possible on 11/28.

California

A mainly dry pattern with high pressure in control through 11/26. Then a pattern shift might deliver moderate snow accumulation 11/27-11/28.


November 16, 2022

Tomer’s Take

On Thursday, November 17, my picks for some of the best skiing are the Banff area, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, Wyoming, and the Northeast. Friday, November 18, ski Winter Park, Loveland, Eldora, Keystone, or A-Basin. On Saturday 11/19 and Sunday 11/20 the pattern is much drier but you will find new snow in the Northeast near the Great Lakes. Read on for a regional breakdown, and go to onthesnow.com/skireport or download the OnTheSnow app for the latest snow conditions.
Chart of expected snowfall at North America Ski resorts

Northeast

On 11/16 a coastal storm system spreads moderate snow accumulation inland across the ski areas then robust lake effect snow takes over. 11/16 and 11/17 are the powder days at most resorts. I’m forecasting the most snow accumulation at Jay Peak around a foot grand total. After the 11/16 storm system there are no additional large storm systems through 11/22.

Snow forecast graphic for New England

Banff Area

On 11/16 a fast moving cold front delivers light to moderate snow accumulation in the Banff area. 11/16 and 11/17 are the powder days. Then the pattern dries out through 11/22 with snow possible thereafter as the pattern shifts.

Wyoming and Montana

A fast moving cold front delivers light snow accumulation and colder air starting the afternoon of 11/16 in Montana. The snow hits Wyoming the evening of 11/16 through the morning of 11/17 with light accumulation and colder air. 11/16 and 11/17 are the powder days. Then the pattern dries out through 11/22.

Colorado and New Mexico

On 11/17 a fast moving cold front delivers light to moderate snow accumulation in Colorado. Light snow accumulation hits northern New Mexico early on 11/18. The powder days are 11/17 and 11/18 in Colorado and New Mexico. Then the pattern dries out through 11/22.

Idaho

Light snow brushes the ski areas 11/17. Then it’s a dry pattern until 11/22.

Utah

The Wasatch and High Uintas might get a dusting late 11/17 into early 11/18, but this cold front and jet flow largely misses Utah. The pattern stays dry through 11/22.

California

The current storm track misses California to the north through 11/22. Will it change? A pattern shift is likely on or after 11/22.

Pacific Northwest and British Columbia

A strong ridge of high pressure is blocking the Pacific Northwest through 11/20. The storm systems are going up and around the region. New snow hits the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia on 11/21-11/22 with a pattern shift.

Snow forecast graphic for Western North America


November 13, 2022

Welcome back to ski season and the first Snow Before You Go forecast for the season. It’s been a good start to the ’22-’23 ski season thanks to some early-season snowstorms, with a number of ski resorts already opening. This article gives a preview of some of the best places to ski this month. Meanwhile, the biggest snow over the next 7 days favors the Intermountain West and the Northeast.

Mid-november forecast image

Tomer’s Take

On Thursday, November 17, my picks for some of the best skiing are the Banff area, Bridger Bowl, Big Sky, and the Northeast. Friday, November 18, ski Loveland, Eldora, Keystone, or A-Basin. On Saturday and Sunday it’s a toss-up with very little new snow. Read on for a regional breakdown, and go to onthesnow.com/skireport or download the OnTheSnow app for the latest snow conditions.

Northeast

The bulk of the snow comes from two different storm systems.  The first storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation on 11/13.  The 2nd storm system delivers light to moderate accumulation on 11/16.  Both are coastal areas of low pressure.  We might see some lake effect snow with/behind both storm systems.
Chris Tomer November 14 forecast model

Colorado

The pattern favors the Central and Northern Mountains of Colorado for the biggest totals through 11/20.  A northerly jet flow delivers fast-moving cold fronts on 11/14-11/15 with light to moderate accumulation.  A second cold front delivers light to moderate accumulation 11/18-11/19.  For the Southern Mountains, most of the snow comes from a southern track low on 11/13-11/14 with light to moderate accumulation.

 

New Mexico

The bulk of accumulation comes from a southern track low.  Light to moderate accumulation occurs on 11/13-11/14 with some light additional accumulation on the 11/15.

 

Wyoming and Montana

A fast northerly jet flow delivers a few different cold fronts with light to moderate snow accumulation.  The prime days are 11/14, 11/16-11/17.

 

Idaho and Utah

Both states are on the periphery of the storm track.  I’m only forecasting small snow chances with minimal mountain accumulation.  Will this change?  Possibly by 11/22-11/23.

 

Banff Area

A fast northerly jet flow delivers light to moderate snow accumulation primarily on 11/16.  A touch of light snow is possible on 11/14.

 

Whistler/Blackcomb

The flow largely misses western B.C. until the end of the period closer to 11/20-11/22.

 

California

Residual light snow possible early 11/13.  Then the flow misses the Sierra with high pressure dominating through 11/20.

 

Pacific Northwest

The flow misses the PNW through 11/20 with high pressure in control.  When will it change?  Possibly around 11/21.

 

Model of odds for best snow November 14

October 2022

Meteorologist Chris Tomer gave us a preview of what we may see this winter in his 2022/2023 long-range winter forecast. Starting in November, check back regularly for Tomer’s twice-per-week winter forecasts, along with his predictions on what ski resorts will have the best snow for the upcoming weekend.

The third weekend of October saw the first major snowstorm of the year, which brought snow to many North American ski resorts in the west. This first snowstorm reflected much of the early-season long-range winter forecast for 2022/2023. It had been abnormally warm and dry across much of the west before this storm. And the snowfall couldn’t have come at a better time, with a few Midwest ski resorts opening last week, and Arapahoe Basin opening on Sunday.

I expect this same pattern to continue through December and into 2023 favoring many of the same areas that just saw snow in the West and Pacific Northwest. I’m expecting another active pattern for the West during the first week of November.

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