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Snow Before You Go | Twice-Weekly Snow Forecasts

by Meteorologist Chris Tomer, presented by Oakley

February 21, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A trough of low pressure slides through Utah and Colorado 2/21-2/22, and then the pattern shifts. The northern jet branch drops south from Canada 2/25-3/1 delivering at least 2 storm systems, a strong WNW flow, and a merger with the southern jet branch. Big totals likely. On 2/23 ski the Northeast or British Columbia. On 2/24 ski British Columbia. On 2/25 ski WA or British Columbia. On 2/26 ski ID, Tetons, Wasatch, or Sierra.

UtahColorado

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation in Utah 2/21 ending early 2/22, and heavy accumulation late 2/25-2/27. Grand totals of 2-4 feet across Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and about two feet at Park City, Deer Valley, and Snowbasin. In Colorado expect light to moderate snow accumulation across the Central and Northern Mountain zones 2/21-2/22, and heavy accumulation late 2/25-2/27 in all zones. Grand totals of 1-2 feet across all zones.

Snow before you go graph 2-21-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 2/22-2/23, and moderate to heavy accumulation 2/26-2/29. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Expect light snow accumulation in Idaho on 2/21-2/22, heavy 2/25-2/26, and heavy 2/28-3/1. Grand totals of 1-2 feet or more at Brundage, Schweitzer, and Sun Valley. In Montana expect moderate to heavy snow accumulation 2/26-2/27, and moderate on 2/28. Grand totals of 6-12 inches at Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, Whitefish and Red Lodge.

California

The next storm system arrives in California late 2/25-2/26 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 10-20 inches at Tahoe and Mammoth.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest 2/21-2/22, heavy 2/24-2/25, and heavy 2/27-3/1. Grand totals of 2-5 feet including Baker, Whistler Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Bachelor.

Banff

Expect moderate snow accumulation 2/25-2/26 and 3/1 in the Banff area. Grand totals of 6-12 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. It’s a different story across Interior British Columbia. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 2/24-2/25, and heavy 2/28-3/1. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, and Fernie.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation late 2/25 through early 2/28. Grand totals of 8-14 inches at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.

Northeast

Expect light to moderate snow accumulation 2/23 (with some rain mixing at base areas) and moderate accumulation 2/28-2/29. Grand totals of 3-8 inches across Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Snow before you go East 3-1-24.


February 18, 2024

Tomer’s Take

Three different storm systems deliver snow through 2/27 with feet of grand total accumulation in Utah, Wyoming, California, Colorado, and the Pacific Northwest. The northern branch of the jet stream gets involved after 2/25 with additional energy and orographics. I’m forecasting a snow bullseye for the Wasatch. On 2/23 ski Colorado’s Central and Northern Mountain Zones or Vermont. On 2/24 ski Tahoe, Shasta, or Mammoth. On 2/25 ski British Columbia, PNW, Tetons, or Wasatch.

UtahColorado

The Wasatch in Utah has a snow bullseye on it. Expect moderate snow accumulation 2/18, heavy accumulation 2/19-2/21, and heavy accumulation 2/25-2/27. Grand totals of three to four feet in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and about two feet across Park City, Deer Valley, and Snowbasin.

In Colorado I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 2/18 and 2/20, moderate accumulation on 2/21, moderate to heavy accumulation on 2/22, and heavy accumulation on 2/26-2/27. Grand totals of 1-2 feet (or more) across the Central and Northern Mountain Zones, including Steamboat, Aspen, Crested Butte, Summit County, Copper, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park and Eldora. Expect 6-12 inches across the Southern Mountains.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Expect light to moderate snow accumulation in Wyoming 2/18-2/20, then heavy accumulation from the afternoon of 2/25-2/27. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. For Idaho I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 2/18-2/20, and heavy accumulation 2/26-2/27. Grand totals of 8-14 inches at Brundage, Sun Valley, and Schweitzer. The bulk of snow accumulation in Montana occurs 2/26-2/27, with 3-9 inches at Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, Whitefish, and Red Lodge.

California

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation in California late 2/18 through 2/19, moderate accumulation 2/20 and 2/21, and heavy 2/26. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Lake Tahoe and Mammoth, with up to four feet at Shasta.

Snow before you go graph 2-18-24.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy accumulation in the Pacific Northwest 2/20-2/21, and heavy 2/25-2/27. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Whistler Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, and Baker. I’m forecasting 2-4 feet at Timberline and Bachelor.

Banff

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation for the Banff area late 2/25-2/27 with 6-12 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Across Interior British Columbia, expect moderate snow accumulation 2/20-2/21, and heavy accumulation 2/25-2/27. Grand totals of 8-14 inches at Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Fernie, and Red Mountain.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in New Mexico late 2/21, then moderate accumulation 2/26-2/27. Grand totals of 4-8 inches at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Northeast

Expect light accumulation on 2/22-2/23. Otherwise I’m not forecasting any major storm systems.

Snow before you go East 2-27-24.


February 14, 2024

Tomer’s Take

The pattern through 2/23 pushes storm systems into California and Oregon before pieces of it break off and move into Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado.  I’m forecasting snow bullseyes for the Tetons, Sierra, Northwest Colorado, and Wasatch, with feet of grand total snow accumulation. On 2/16 ski Timberline, Bachelor, Sun Valley, Brundage, Tetons, or Vermont. On 2/17 ski the Tetons, Steamboat, Shasta, Timberline, or Bachelor. On 2/18 ski Tahoe, Shasta, Sun Valley, or the Wasatch.

UtahColorado

For Utah I’m forecasting light snow accumulation the afternoon of 2/14, moderate to heavy 2/15, moderate to heavy 2/18, and heavy 2/19-2/21. Grand totals of about two feet across the Wasatch. Less accumulation at Brian Head.

In Colorado, for the Central and Northern Mountain zones, expect light snow accumulation the afternoon of 2/14, moderate 2/15, light on late 2/16 into early 2/17, heavy 2/18 into early 2/19, and heavy 2/21-2/22. Less accumulation in the Southern Mountains. Grand totals of 1 to 2 feet at Vail, Aspen, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Copper, Summit County, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, and Winter Park. The highest totals are most likely at Steamboat.

Snow before you go West 2-15-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Wyoming 2/14, heavy 2/15-2/16, heavy 2/18, and light to moderate 2/19-2/20 and 2/22-2/23. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. For Idaho expect heavy snow accumulation late 2/14-2/16 at Brundage and Sun Valley, with less at Schweitzer. Then light to moderate snow accumulation 2/18-2/19 and 2/22 at Brundage, Sun Valley, and Schweitzer. Grand totals of 8-14 inches at Brundage and Sun Valley, with less at Schweitzer. I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation in Montana 2/15 through early 2/16, 2/18, and 2/23. Grand totals of 6-8 inches.

Snow before you go graph 2-14-24.

Northeast

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation for the Northeast late 2/15-2/16, light on 2/17-2/18, light on 2/20, and moderate to heavy on 2/23. Grand totals of about a foot.

Snow before you go East 2-23-24.

California

Expect heavy snow accumulation in California 2/14 and into early 2/15, the afternoon of 2/17 into early 2/18, and 2/19-2/20. Grand totals of 2-4 feet at Mt. Shasta, Lake Tahoe, and Mammoth.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation in Oregon 2/14-2/15, 2/17, and 2/19. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Mt. Bachelor and Timberline. In the rest of the pacific Northwest expect light to moderate snow on 2/15, 2/17-2/19, and heavy snow accumulation 2/20-2/23. Grand totals of 1-3 feet at Baker, Stevens Pass, and Whistler/Blackcomb.

New Mexico

Expect light snow accumulation late 2/18 into early 2/19, and light on 2/21. Grand totals of 1-3 inches at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Banff

It’s a drier pattern in the Banff area with only light snow accumulation on 2/20. Interior British Columbia has a better shot with light snow accumulation late 2/18-2/19, and moderate to heavy accumulation 2/20-2/23. Grand totals of 2-10 inches at Revelstoke and Kicking Horse.


February 11, 2024

Tomer’s Take

This forecast period is marked by a shifting stormtrack. The stormtrack shifts north 2/11-2/15 to favor the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Utah. Then the pattern shifts south 2/16-2/20 to favor California, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico with a rich Pacific flow via a strong Subtropical jet stream. In the meantime, a strong storm system hits the Northeast with heavy snow on 2/13. On 2/16 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or Steamboat, Aspen, or Mt. Bachelor. On 2/17 ski the Wasatch, Steamboat, Aspen, Vail, or Lake Tahoe. On 2/18 ski Tahoe, Mammoth, Wasatch, or Western/Southwest Colorado.

UtahColorado

For Utah I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 2/15-2/16, heavy on 2/18, and heavy on 2/20. Grand totals of two feet or more at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, Deer Valley, and Snowbasin. At Brian Head, I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation late 2/15-2/16, moderate late 2/17-2/18, and moderate 2/20. Grand totals at Brian Head of 6-12 inches. In Colorado expect light snow accumulation on 2/15, heavy on 2/16, and heavy 2/18-2/19. Grand totals of 1-2 feet across all mountain zones.

Snow before you go graph 2-12-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Expect light snow accumulation in Wyoming late 2/12-2/13, moderate accumulation 2/14, and heavy accumulation 2/15-2/16. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation in Idaho 2/11-2/12 at Schweitzer, light accumulation at Brundage, and dry at Sun Valley. Expect light to moderate snow accumulation 2/14-2/15 at Brundage and Sun Valley, with less at Schweitzer. Grand totals of 4-10 inches. In Montana I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 2/12-2/13, and moderate accumulation 2/14-2/15. Grand totals of 4-12 inches at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, Whitefish, Snowbowl, and Red Lodge.

Northeast

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation is likely late 2/12 through 2/13 in the Northeast with a strong storm system. I’m forecasting 6-12 inches across much of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, with higher totals (10-20 inches) in Southern Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts at Mount Snow, Magic Mountain, Hunter Mountain, Catamount, and Wachusett. There is another storm system with light to moderate snow accumulation late 2/15 into 2/16 and 2/17.

Snow before you go East 2-19-24.

Banff

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation 2/11 through 2/13 with 3-8 inches of accumulation at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Across Interior British Columbia I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation with 6-10 inches at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, and Fernie. Then the pattern dries out.

California

The pattern is dry in California until late 2/15 when the first of three storm systems arrive. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation at higher elevations on 2/15, heavy on 2/17, and heavy on 2/19-2/20. Grand totals of 2-4 feet.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting 6-12 inches 2/11 into early 2/12. Then the pattern dries out in Washington and British Columbia. Expect heavy snow accumulation in Oregon 2/15-2/16 with 1-2 feet at Mount Bachelor and Timberline.

New Mexico

It’s a mostly dry pattern in New Mexico until light to moderate snow accumulation arrives 2/18.


February 7, 2024

Tomer’s Take

The Western storm cycle continues through 2/10, then the pattern turns much drier with the exception of the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and northern tier. The combination of a strong storm system from California and two smaller storm systems will keep the snow going across Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, and New Mexico. On 2/9 ski Brian Head, Snowbowl (AZ), Telluride, Purgatory, Wolf Creek, Silverton, the Wasatch Range, or Crested Butte. On 2/10 ski Schweitzer, Brundage, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Tetons, the Wasatch, Taos, or Steamboat. On 2/11 ski Wolf Creek, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Steamboat, Eldora, or Taos.

UtahColorado

Expect heavy snow accumulation in Utah 2/7-2/9 with 1-2 feet of accumulation across the Wasatch, and about 6-8 inches at Brian Head. Then the pattern turns much drier through 2/16. I’m forecasting a snow bullseye 2/7-2/8 for Southwestern Colorado, including Wolf Creek, Telluride, Purgatory, and Silverton, with 1-2 feet of snow accumulation. Light snow lingers into 2/9-2/10. I’m forecasting 4-12 inches of total snow accumulation for Monarch, Aspen Snowmass, Crested Butte, Copper Mountain, Vail, and Steamboat, and 4-8 inches at Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Eldora, Winter Park, and Summit County. Then a much drier pattern through 2/16.

Snow before you go graph 2-7-24.

California

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation across the Sierra 2/7-2/8, then the pattern turns much drier through 2/16. Snow totals of 4-8 inches from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation in Wyoming through 2/9, with 4-10 inches of accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Additional light snow accumulation on 2/12 and 2/14. Expect light to moderate snow accumulation in Idaho through 2/9 with 3-6 inches of accumulation at Brundage and Sun Valley, with less at Schweitzer. Additional light accumulation on 2/12 and moderate to heavy accumulation 2/14 at Brundage and Schweitzer. In Montana I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation through 2/9 with 4-10 inches of accumulation at Big Sky, Discovery, and Bridger Bowl, with less elsewhere. Additional snow light accumulation on 2/12 and moderate accumulation 12/14.

Banff

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation late 2/8-2/9 at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Additional light snow accumulation late 2/10-2/12. Total snow accumulation of 3-6 inches. Expect light snow accumulation 2/8-2/9 across Interior British Columbia, then heavy snow accumulation 2/11-2/12 with 6-12 inches at Revelstoke and less at Kicking Horse.

New Mexico

Expect moderate to heavy snow accumulation in New Mexico through 2/10 with some breaks. I’m forecasting snow totals of 6-12 inches at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire. Then a drier pattern through 2/16.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest 2/7-2/8, then heavy snow accumulation 2/11-2/13 with a foot of accumulation at Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, and in British Columbia. Additional moderate accumulation 2/14-2/15.

Northeast

Expect light snow accumulation on 2/10 at the major ski areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Otherwise it’s a mostly dry pattern.

Snow before you go East 2-16-24.


February 4, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A major storm cycle continues through 2/13 with feet of additional accumulation in California, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. On 2/9 ski the Sierra, Wasatch, Brian Head, or Snowbowl (AZ). On 2/10 ski Western and Southwest Colorado including Snowmass, Aspen, Crested Butte, Vail, Silverton, Purgatory, Telluride, and Wolf Creek. On 2/11 ski British Columbia, Taos, Ski Santa Fe, Angel Fire, or Wolf Creek.

UtahColorado

The next storm system arrives in Utah 2/5-2/9 with 1-3 feet of accumulation across the Wasatch. Brian Head can expect two feet of accumulation. A smaller storm system brushes the Wasatch with light snow accumulation on 2/12. In Colorado, the next storm system arrives 2/6-2/10 with 1-2 feet of snow accumulation across Western and Southwest Colorado. An isolated three foot amount is possible in the San Juan Mountains. Less accumulation in Summit County and on the Divide at Loveland, A-Basin, Keystone, Winter Park, and Eldora.

California

The storm system delivers a moderate to strong atmospheric river (AR) surge 2/4-2/5. I’m forecasting 2-4 feet of snow accumulation across the Sierra. Then light snow hits 2/6 followed by light snow accumulation late 2/7 into 2/8.

Snow before you go graph 2-4-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The next storm system arrives in Wyoming 2/5-2/8 with 1-2 feet of accumulation. A smaller storm system rolls through 2/12-2/13 with 3-6 inches. For Idaho I’m forecasting a foot of new snow at Sun Valley 2/5-2/7.  Less accumulation at Brundage and Schweitzer.  Another chance for light snow arrives 2/11. In Montana I’m forecasting 1-3 inches of snow accumulation on 2/5. Then a stronger storm arrives the afternoon of 2/6-2/7 with 4-8 inches. Another storm system delivers 3-6 inches 2/12-2/13.

Banff

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation occurs on 2/4 making 2/5 a powder day at Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, and Interior British Columbia at Revelstoke. Then it’s a drier pattern for the Banff area until 2/11. Revelstoke and Interior British Columbia get light to moderate snow late 2/5-2/6 and 2/11. Grand total snowfall of 3-6 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin, and 4-12 inches at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Fernie.

New Mexico

The next storm system arrives in New Mexico 2/7-2/8 with 6-12 inches followed by another storm system late 2/9-2/10 with 1-4 inches.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Light to moderate snow accumulation occurs in the Pacific Northwest late 2/5-2/6, 2/8-2/9, and 2/10-2/11. Grand totals of 4-12 inches.

Northeast

The best chance for snow occurs 2/10-2/12, but the storm track favors areas south of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. I’m forecasting 2-6 inches in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, with more south.

Snow before you go East 2-13-24.


January 31, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A major pattern shift occurs 2/1-2/9 with two different storm systems and a powerful Subtropical jet stream. Storm no. 1 arrives 2/1-2/4 with a moderate intensity surge of Atmospheric River (AR) moisture. Storm no. 2 arrives 2/5-2/9 with a moderate intensity surge of AR moisture. Air temps start abnormally warm on 2/1 then progressively turn colder. On 2/2 ski Mammoth, Tahoe, Brian Head, Wasatch, or Southwest Colorado. On 2/3 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, Western or Southwest Colorado, or New Mexico. On 2/4 ski the Tetons, Big Sky, or Western Colorado.

UtahColorado

Storm no. 1 arrives in Utah late 2/1-2/3 with 10-20 inches of snow. Storm no. 2 hits 2/6-2/9 with a foot of additional accumulation. Grand totals of 2-3 feet. In Colorado, the bulk of snow accumulation occurs across Western and Southwest Colorado, with less east of Vail. A panhandle hook storm system develops in New Mexico and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. The track appears too far south to deliver big snow to Denver and the Divide.

Storm no. 1 arrives 2/2-2/4 with 10-20 inches at Vail, Snowmass, Aspen, Crested Butte, Silverton, Telluride, Wolf Creek, Monarch, and Purgatory, with less in Summit County and Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, and Keystone. Storm no. 2 hits 2/7-2/9 with 6-12 inches in Western and Southwest Colorado. Less accumulation east of Vail into Summit County and on the Divide (3-6 inches). Grand totals of 1-3 feet in Western and Southwest Colorado, with less elsewhere.

Snow before you go graph 1-31-24.

California

Storm no. 1 hits late 1/31-2/1 with heavy snow accumulation above 7,500 feet. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth. Storm no. 2 hits 2/4-2/6 with heavy snow accumulation above 7,000 feet. I’m forecasting another 1-3 feet at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth. Grand totals of 2-5 feet of snow accumulation.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Storm no. 1 arrives late 2/2-2/4 with 7-12 inches of accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Storm no. 2 hits 2/6-2/9 with a foot or more of accumulation. In Idaho, storm no. 1 arrives 2/1-2/2 with 3-10 inches. Storm no. 2 hits 2/6-2/8 with another 3-10 inches of snow accumulation, though lower end totals at Schweitzer. In Montana, storm no. 1 arrives 2/2-2/4 with 3-10 inches of snow accumulation. Storm no. 2 hits 2/6-2/8 with 2-6 inches of snow accumulation.

Banff

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation late 2/2-2/5 with 3-6 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Similar accumulation at Kicking Horse and Revelstoke late 2/1-2/5.

New Mexico

Storm no. 1 arrives in New Mexico 2/2-2/3 with 10-16 inches of accumulation at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe. Storm no. 2 hits 2/7-2/9 with 3-12 inches (lower end totals at Angel Fire).

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Heavy precipitation continues 1/31-2/1 with snow above 7,000-7,500′. The pattern only brushes the Pacific Northwest 2/6-2/9 with light precipitation.

Northeast

Light snow accumulation occurs PM 2/1-2/2 with 1-3 inches of grand total accumulation in the Northeast. It’s a dry pattern otherwise.

Snow before you go East 2-9-24.


January 28, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A ridge of high pressure keeps Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico abnormally warm and dry through 1/31. The bulk of moisture is directed into the West Coast, Pacific Northwest, and British Columbia during that time period. Snow levels jump to 6,000-9,000 feet in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. Freezing levels in Utah and Colorado jump to 8,000-10,000ft. So the last couple days of January will see low snowfall totals across North America. Then a major pattern change occurs 2/1-2/5 with a powerful Subtropical jet stream, series of low pressure systems, and colder air. This should generate widespread snow for the West during the first week of February.

On 2/2 ski Sun Valley, Brundage, Mammoth, Lake Tahoe, or the Wasatch. On 2/3 ski the Wasatch, Aspen, Crested Butte, Silverton, Telluride, Purgatory, Monarch, or Vail. On 2/4 ski Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, or Steamboat.

UtahColorado

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Utah on 1/25 with 6-12 inches in Little Cottonwood Canyon, 5-10 inches in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and 3-6 inches at Park City and Snowbasin. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Colorado 1/25-1/26 with 1-4 inches in the Central and Northern Mountain zones. 3-6 inches in Southwestern Colorado. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow arrives.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Expect light to moderate snow accumulation in Wyoming on 1/25 and 1/28 with 4-8 inches of total accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow arrives. Expect moderate snow accumulation in Idaho 1/24-1/25 with 2-6 inches at Schweitzer, Brundage, and Sun Valley. Moderate snow accumulation is also possible on 1/27-1/28. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 when moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives. Heavy snow arrives first at Sun Valley afternoon 1/31. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Montana 1/25 with 1-3 inches of accumulation at Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, and Whitefish. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1.

Snow before you go graph 1-28-24.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation above 4,000 feet in the Pacific Northwest 1/24-1/25. Then a rich moisture flow establishes itself 1/27-1/31 with warmer air and a higher rain/snow line. Expect 1-2 feet above 7500′, with less below.

Banff

The pattern is mostly dry in the Banff area until 2/1. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation is possible. Interior British Columbia gets light to moderate snow 1/24-1/26 with 2-6 inches of accumulation at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Fernie. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation on or after 1/31.

California

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/24 then drier on 1/25. The next storm system delivers a much higher rain/snow line on 1/25-1/26 with light to moderate snow above 9500′. Then it’s a waiting game until the pattern shifts on 1/31 with heavy precipitation possible thereafter.

New Mexico

Expect light snow accumulation 1/26 and 1/30. Then heavier snow is possible after 2/1.

Northeast

Snow changes to rain 1/24-1/25 in the Northeast. Rain is likely on 1/26. I’m watching a storm system on 1/28, but the track is south of the major ski areas. Light to moderate snow possible after 2/1.

Snow before you go East 2-6-24.


January 24, 2024

Tomer’s Take

One storm system moves through Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, and New Mexico 1/25-1/26 with light to moderate snow accumulation. Then the pattern dries out in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico 1/27-1/31 with a brief ridge of high pressure. A more active pattern with widespread snow arrives the first week of February with a powerful Subtropical jet stream. On 1/26 ski the Wasatch, Telluride, Silverton, or Purgatory. On 1/27 ski the higher elevations of Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia. On 1/28 ski the higher elevations of Washington or British Columbia.

UtahColorado

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Utah on 1/25 with 6-12 inches in Little Cottonwood Canyon, 5-10 inches in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and 3-6 inches at Park City and Snowbasin. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives. In Colorado I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 1/25-1/26 with 1-4 inches in the Central and Northern Mountain zones., and 3-6 inches in Southwestern Colorado. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow arrives.

Snow before you go graph 2-1-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Expect light to moderate snow accumulation in Wyoming on 1/25 and 1/28 with 4-8 inches of total accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 or after when moderate to heavy snow arrives. Expect moderate snow accumulation in Idaho 1/24-1/25 with 2-6 inches at Schweitzer, Brundage, and Sun Valley. Moderate snow accumulation is also possible on 1/27-1/28. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1 when moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives. Heavy snow arrives first at Sun Valley afternoon 1/31. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Montana 1/25 with 1-3 inches of accumulation at Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, and Whitefish. Then the pattern is dry until 2/1.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest above 4,000 feet 1/24-1/25. Then a rich moisture flow establishes itself 1/27-1/31 with warmer air and a higher rain/snow line. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet above 7,500 feet, with less below.

Banff

The pattern is mostly dry for the Banff area until 2/1. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation is possible. Interior British Columbia gets light to moderate snow 1/24-1/26 with 2-6 inches of accumulation at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Fernie. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation on or after 1/31.

New Mexico

Expect light snow accumulation in New Mexico 1/26 and 1/30. Then heavier snow is possible after 2/1.

California

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/24 then drier on 1/25. The next storm system delivers a much higher rain/snow line on 1/25-1/26 with light to moderate snow above 9500′. Then it’s a waiting game until the pattern shifts on 1/31 with heavy precipitation possible thereafter.

Northeast

Snow changes to rain 1/24-1/25 for the Northeast. Rain is likely on 1/26. I’m watching a storm system on 1/28, but the track is south of the major ski areas. Light to moderate snow possible after 2/1.

Snow before you go East 2-1-24.


January 21, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A warmer Pacific flow pattern continues with a strong Subtropical jet stream acting like a conveyor belt for 3-4 different storm systems. These storm systems hit the West Coast then move into the Interior Rockies. On 1/26 ski the Wasatch, Western or Southwest Colorado, New Mexico, Sun Valley, or Brundage. On 1/27 ski Southern Colorado, New Mexico, Pacific Northwest, or British Columbia. On 1/28 ski Washington state or British Columbia.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest 1/21-1/28 with 3-4 different storm systems and a rich moisture flow. Grand totals of 1-3 feet of snow accumulation.

Banff

Most of the precipitation will dry up before reaching Alberta. I’m only forecasting very light accumulation through 1/30, with 1-3 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Interior British Columbia captures more overall snowfall with moderate accumulation at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, and Fernie.

UtahColorado

Expect moderate snow accumulation in Utah 1/21 into early 1/22, 1/23, and 1/25. Grand totals of 8-12 inches at Park City, Snowbasin, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and Snowbird. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Colorado 1/21-1/22 and 1/24-1/26. Grand totals of 2-6 inches in the Central and Northern Mountains with 6-12 inches in the Southern Mountains (from 2-3 southern track storm systems).

Snow before you go Graph 1-21-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Wyoming 1/21-1/22 and 1/23-1/25. Grand totals of 4-8 inches at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Expect light to moderate snow accumulation in Idaho 1/21-1/22 and 1/24-1/25. Grand totals of 4-8 inches at Sun Valley and Brundage with less at Schweitzer. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Montana 1/23, and 1/25-1/26. Grand totals of 1-4 inches at Big Sky, Discovery, Bridger Bowl, and Whitefish.

California

Waves of snow continue through 1/25 in California. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 1/21 into 1/22 above 7500′. Another shot of moderate to heavy snow arrives 1/24 into 1/25. Grand totals of 10-20 inches above 7500′.

New Mexico

In New Mexico, two to three different southern track storm systems deliver the bulk of snow accumulation. Expect light snow accumulation 1/23-1/24, then moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/25-1/27. Grand totals of 6-14 inches at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Northeast

Out East, two different storm systems deliver moderate snow accumulation 1/23-1/24. Some of it could fall as rain or rain/snow 1/25-1/26. Grand totals of 3-6 inches at the major ski areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Snow before you go Northeast 1-3-24.


January 17, 2024

Tomer’s Take

Out West, one final storm system riding a WNW Flow delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation for British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Colorado. Then the pattern changes to a warmer Pacific flow with a strong subtropical jet stream. On 1/19 ski Steamboat, higher elevations of Washington state, and British Columbia. On 1/20 ski the higher elevations of Mt. Shasta, Lake Tahoe, and British Columbia. On 1/21 ski the higher elevations of Lake Tahoe, Mt. Shasta, Oregon, Washington state, and British Columbia.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

An active storm track delivers heavy snowfall to the Pacific Northwest through 1/25. Expect heavy snow accumulation 1/17-1/19, then a warmer Pacific flow with heavy snowfall only at higher elevations 1/20-1/26. Grand totals of 1-3 feet at Whistler Blackcomb, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and Stevens Pass. I’m forecasting 6-15 inches at Timberline and Mt. Bachelor.

Banff

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation for the Banff area 1/17 and ending early 1/18. Then the pattern shifts south and dries out through 1/25. The exception is Interior British Columbia, where light to moderate snow accumulation continues 1/19-1/23. Grand totals of 1-3 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. More snow through Interior British Columbia with 3-10 inches at Revelstoke and Kicking Horse.

UtahColorado

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Utah 1/17 into early 1/18, with 12-15 inches at Alta and Snowbird, a foot at Solitude and Brighton, and 6-12 inches at Park City and Snowbasin. Then a warmer Pacific flow delivers waves of moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/20-1/24. Grand totals of 1-2 feet by 1/25.

Expect moderate snow accumulation in Colorado 1/17 into early 1/18 with 4-12 inches of snow accumulation at most ski areas. Higher end totals at Vail, Steamboat, and Cameron Pass. Then a warmer Pacific flow delivers waves of light to moderate snow accumulation late 1/20 through 1/22, and 1/23-1/25. Grand totals of 6-16 inches by 1/25.

Snow before you go graph 1-17-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting big totals in Wyoming with a WNW Flow into 1/18 with at least a foot of snow accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Then a warmer Pacific pattern delivers light to moderate snow accumulation 1/19-1/24. Grand totals of 1-2 feet. In Idaho expect moderate snow accumulation through 1/19, then a warmer Pacific flow delivers light to moderate snow accumulation 1/20-1/24.  Grand totals of 3-8 inches at Schweitzer, Brundage, and Sun Valley.

Expect light snow accumulation in Montana into 1/18 at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Whitefish, and Discovery. Then a warmer Pacific flow delivers light snow accumulation 1/19-1/20 and 1/24. Grand totals of 2-8 inches at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Snowbowl, Discovery, and Whitefish.

California

A warmer Pacific flow delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation above 8,500′ between 1/20-1/23. Grand totals of 10-20 inches above 8,500′ by 1/25.

Northeast

Most of the big storm systems miss the major Northeast ski areas until maybe 1/23-1/25. Expect light snow 1/18, moderate snow accumulation 1/23-1/24, and moderate snow accumulation late 1/25. Grand totals of 4-8 inches at Killington, Jay Peak, Sunday River, Okemo, and Mount Snow.

Snow before you go East 1-25-24.

New Mexico

A warmer Pacific flow delivers light snow accumulation in New Mexico 1/21-1/22, then heavy snow accumulation 1/23-1/25. Grand totals of 7-14 inches by 1/25.


January 14, 2024

Tomer’s Take

It’s been a powder weekend across North America. The current Western storm cycle runs through 1/18 with additional heavy snow. Then the pattern shifts to a warmer Pacific flow 1/19-1/23. On 1/18 ski the Tetons, Schweitzer, Brundage, Whitefish, Discovery, and Big Sky. On 1/19 ski Steamboat, Eldora, Loveland, Winter Park, Arapahoe Basin, Whistler Blackcomb, or Mount Baker. On 1/20 ski Whistler Blackcomb, Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, or Mount Baker. On 1/21 ski the Wasatch, Pacific Northwest, or British Columbia.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

A storm system arrives late 1/16-1/17 to Washington and Whistler with 1-2 feet of snow accumulation. This opens the door to a rich flow 1/19-1/23 with an additional 1-3 feet of snow accumulation at Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass, Rainier, and Whistler Blackcomb. In Oregon, a storm system arrives 1/16-1/17 with at least a foot of snow accumulation. This opens the door for a rich flow 1/18-1/23, however, Oregon is just on the edge with moderate snow potential. Grand totals 1/15-1/23 of 1-2 feet at Mt. Bachelor and Timberline.

Banff

Interior British Columbia gets nailed with heavy snow 1/16-1/17 and 1/19-1/23 with 1-3 feet of grand total snow accumulation at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, and Red Mountain. Further east, I’m forecasting 4-10 inches 1/16-1/17 at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Then light snow accumulation 1/21-1/23 with an additional 1-4 inches.

Snow before you go 1-14-24.

UtahColorado

Heavy snow continues in Utah across the Wasatch on 1/14. It then gradually turns lighter on 1/15, which will be a big powder day. An additional 2-6 inches of snow on 1/15. The next storm system arrives 1/17 with about a foot of snow in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyon. Less at Park City and Snowbasin. A Pacific flow establishes itself 1/20-1/21 with warmer temps and moderate to heavy snow potential. Grand totals of 1-3 feet 1/15-1/23.

In Colorado, heavy snow continues into 1/15 with a reinforcing shot of Arctic air. Similar to Utah, 1/15 is a big powder day. An additional 4-12 inches on 1/15. Tuesday looks like a sunny powder day. The next storm system arrives 1/17-1/18 with 4-10 inches of snow accumulation. A Pacific flow establishes itself 1/20-1/23 with warmer temps and moderate to heavy snow potential. Grand totals of 1-2 feet 1/15-1/23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Light snow continues into 1/15 in Wyoming. The next storm system arrives 1/17-1/18 with at least a foot of snow accumulation at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. Then a Pacific flow establishes itself 1/20-1/22 with warmer temps and moderate snow potential. Grand totals of 1-2 feet 1/15-1/23. A storm system and rich WNW flow arrives in Idaho late 1/16 through 1/18 with a foot of accumulation at Brundage and Schweitzer (less at Sun Valley). Then a Pacific flow establishes itself with warmer temps and moderate to heavy snow potential. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Brundage and Schweitzer (less at Sun Valley) 1/15-1/23.

Northwest Montana gets the most snow accumulation through 1/23. A storm system and rich flow arrives late 1/16 through early 1/18 with 8-16 inches of accumulation at Whitefish and Snowbowl (less elsewhere). Then a Pacific flow establishes itself 1/20-1/23 with warmer temps and light to moderate snow potential. Grand totals at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl of 4-8 inches between 1/15-1/23.

California

The next storm system arrives to California the afternoon of 1/16 through 1/17, but temperatures will be warmer with higher snow levels for Lake Tahoe and Mammoth. I’m forecasting 3-8 inches above 9,000 feet with less accumulation below. A more active Pacific flow establishes itself late 1/19-1/23 with the potential for moderate to heavy snow accumulation.

Northeast

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation for the Northeast on 1/16, and late 1/18-1/20. Two storm systems pass just south of the major ski areas on 1/16 and 1/19-1/20. If the stormtrack shifts north then more snow is possible. Air temps stay cold 1/15-1/20. Grand totals of 3-10 inches by late 1/23

Snow before you go Northeast 1-14-24.

New Mexico

Light snow might trickle into early 1/15. Otherwise the pattern is dry until 1/21-1/23 when light to moderate snow returns.


January 10, 2024

Tomer’s Take

An active pattern, which has dumped snow across North America, generates powerful storm systems on both coasts through 1/17 with big snow totals. On 1/12 ski Schweitzer, Brundage, Sun Valley, Tetons, Mt. Bachelor, Timberline, Discovery, Snowbowl, or Whitefish. On 1/13 ski the Wasatch, Tetons, Shasta, Mount Bachelor, Timberline, Steamboat, Aspen Snowmass, or Powderhorn. On 1/14 ski Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Shasta, Wasatch, or Colorado.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Blizzard conditions gradually end in Washington and around Whistler on 1/10. Snow trickles into early 1/11. A second storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation 1/16-1/17. Grand totals of 9-18 inches. In Oregon blizzard conditions gradually end on 1/10, but a second storm system hits 1/11-1/13 with 50-60 mph wind gusts and 2-4 feet of accumulation at Mount Bachelor and Timberline. A third powerful storm system is possible 1/16-1/19 with feet of accumulation.

Banff

Light to moderate snow accumulation 1/10-1/11 for Banff area ski resorts, while a second storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation 1/15-1/16. Grand totals of 4-8 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. Heavier snow accumulation through Interior British Columbia, especially with the second storm system, bringing grand totals of 7-14 inches.

UtahColorado

A powerful flow maximizes orographics and snow ratios in the Wasatch (especially Little Cottonwood Canyon) through 1/17. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Utah through 1/11. Then a second storm system and Arctic front delivers heavy snow accumulation 1/12-1/14. A third storm system is possible 1/17-1/18. Grand totals of 60-100 inches at Alta and Snowbird, 50-70 inches at Solitude and Brighton, and 30-50 inches at Park City, Snowbasin, and Deer Valley.

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation through 1/11 in Colorado. A second storm system and Arctic front delivers heavy snow accumulation 1/12-1/14. A third storm system with moderate snow accumulation arrives 1/17-1/19. Grand totals of 1-3 feet in Summit County, Loveland, A-Basin, Winter Park, Keystone, Steamboat, Vail, Snowmass, Aspen, Crested Butte, Monarch, Silverton, Telluride, Purgatory, and Wolf Creek.

Snow before you go graph 1-10-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation and an Arctic front through 1/12 in Wyoming, with a second storm system delivering heavy snow accumulation 1/16-1/19. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Heavy snow accumulation in Idaho through 1/11, with a second storm system delivering moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/16-1/17. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Brundage, Sun Valley, and Schweitzer. Moderate snow accumulation and an Arctic front in Montana through 1/12, with a second storm system delivering heavy snow accumulation 1/16-1/18. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Discovery, Snowbowl, and Whitefish.

Snow before you go West, 1-17-24.

California

I’m forecasting 10-20 inches at Tahoe, Shasta, and Mammoth on 1/10 ending early 1/11. A second storm system on 1/13 delivers 8-16 inches above 8,500 feet. A third storm system delivers light to moderate snow on 1/17.

Northeast

A bomb cyclone exits 1/10 and then a similar type storm system arrives 1/12-1/13. I’m forecasting 70 mph wind gusts and heavy snow accumulation late 1/16 into early 1/17 changing to a rain/snow mix. Expect 4-8 inches of snow before changing to rain/snow. A third storm system arrives with heavy snow on 1/16 with 1-2 feet of accumulation. Another storm system is possible around 1/19.

New Mexico

Expect moderate snow accumulation 1/11, and a second storm system on 1/14. Grand totals of 8-12 inches at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.


January 7, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A major three-storm cycle continues across the West through 1/16. I’m forecasting feet of grand total snow accumulation across most mountain ranges. Storm num. 3 is the most interesting with powerful jet support, Arctic air, high snow ratios, and big totals. The Northeast will benefit from all three Western storm systems.

On 1/12 ski Oregon, Idaho, Northwest Montana. On 1/13 ski the Tetons, the Wasatch, Shasta, Tahoe, or Steamboat. On 1/14 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, Tahoe, Mammoth, or Western/Southwest Colorado.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Heavy snow accumulation comes to the Pacific Northwest 1/8-1/10 with a powerful storm system and colder air. I’m forecasting 1-3 feet of snow accumulation at Whistler Blackcomb, Baker, Rainier, and Stevens Pass. A second storm system brushes the area with moderate to heavy snow on 1/11; another foot is possible. A third storm system is possible 1/16.

Banff

The Banff area is just on the periphery of the main storm track, but close enough to get moderate to heavy snow accumulation through 1/16. I’m forecasting 6-10 inches between 1/9-1/11, and another 1-3 inches on 1/14. Bigger snow totals are likely through Interior British Columbia, including 10-16 inches at Kicking Horse, Revelstoke, Fernie, and Red Mountain. An Arctic blast hits 1/10-1/16 with below zero air temps.

UtahColorado

Major snow accumulation is likely in Utah through 1/16. Expect moderate snow accumulation 1/7, heavy snow accumulation late 1/9-1/11, and heavy accumulation 1/12-1/14. I’m forecasting grand totals of 4 feet at Alta and Snowbird, 3 feet at Solitude and Brighton, and 2 to 3 feet at Park City and Deer Valley. I’m forecasting similar accumulation at Snowbasin. Brian Head gets about a foot (mainly late 1/10, 1/13-1/15). An Arctic blast is possible 1/14-1/16 with below zero air temps.

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation 1/7-1/8, moderate accumulation 1/10-1/11, and heavy snow accumulation 1/13-1/15. The bulk of accumulation occurs with storm num. 3 on 1/13-1/15. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at most resorts with the biggest totals across the Western Slope and Southwest Colorado. At Wolf Creek, 4 feet is possible. An Arctic blast hits 1/14-1/16 with below zero air temps.

Snow before you go Graph, 1-7-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Montana I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 1/7 into early 1/8, heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/10, and heavy snow accumulation 1/11-1/14. Grand totals of 2-3 feet across the Tetons, including Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. An Arctic blast hits 1/13-1/16 with below zero air temps. The heart of the stormtrack runs through Idaho. I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation 1/7-1/8, and heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/11. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Brundage, Schweitzer, and Sun Valley. Up to 3 feet (or more) across the higher peaks. An Arctic blast hits 1/11-1/16 with below zero air temps.

In Montana, Northwest Montana gets the most snow accumulation through this period. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/9 and 1/11-1/12.  Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Whitefish and Montana Snowbowl, and 4-10 inches elsewhere. An Arctic blast hits 1/12-1/16 with below zero air temps.

California

I’m forecasting 2 storm systems through 1/16. The first delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/10 from Tahoe to Mammoth. The second storm is bigger and delivers heavy snow accumulation 1/12-1/13. Grand totals of 2-4 feet at Shasta, Tahoe, and Mammoth.

New Mexico

Moderate snow accumulation 1/7-1/8, moderate 1/11, and heavy snow accumulation 1/14-1/15. The bulk of snow accumulation occurs with storm num. 3 on 1/14-1/15. Grand totals of 1-3 feet at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Northeast

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation on 1/7 ends before 1/8. Storm num. 2 is a powerhouse arriving late 1/9 with 70 mph gusts and heavy snow. It changes to a rain/snow mix or all rain on 1/10 at ski areas. A third storm system with heavy snow accumulation arrives 1/12-1/13. Another storm system is possible 1/16. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at most ski areas.

Snow before you go, East, 1-16-24.


January 3, 2024

Tomer’s Take

A major Western pattern change occurs 1/5-1/12. We’ll see 2-3 different storm systems deliver colder air and big snow totals. On the East Coast, a strong storm system slides through the Northeast with moderate to heavy snow accumulation. A second strong storm system arrives 1/9-1/10. On 1/5 ski Southern Colorado, Northern New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, or British Columbia. On 1/6 ski the Wasatch, Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia. On 1/7 ski Schweitzer, Brundage, Whitefish, Snowbowl, Big Sky, Wasatch, Tahoe, or Western Colorado.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Expect at least 3 different storm systems through 1/12 with heavy snow accumulation and much lower snow levels. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation 1/4-1/6 and 1/8-1/10. Grand totals of 1-4 feet at Whistler Blackcomb, Mount Baker, and Stevens Pass. I’m forecasting 2-5 feet (or more) at Timberline and Mount Bachelor.

Banff

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 1/5-1/7, and moderate to heavy accumulation 1/9-1/11 in the Banff area. Grand totals of 8-12 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet through Interior British Columbia at Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Red Mountain, and Fernie.

UtahColorado

Utah will see 2-3 different storm systems deliver heavy snow potential through 1/12. I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 1/4-1/5, heavy accumulation on 1/7, and heavy accumulation 1/9-1/12. Grand totals of 1-3 feet of snow in Utah. Similarly, in Colorado, 2-3 different storm systems deliver heavy snow potential through 1/12.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation late 1/4-1/5 (heavier across Southern Colorado), moderate accumulation 1/7, and moderate to heavy accumulation 1/10-1/12. The largest grand totals occur across Western and Southwest Colorado with 1-2 feet. About a foot of snow accumulation at Vail, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Winter Park, and Summit County.

Snow before you go graph, 1-3-24.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 1/5-1/7, and heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/12, in Wyoming. Grand totals of 2-3 feet at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. A rich flow delivers heavy snow accumulation to Central and Northern Idaho through 1/12. Expect heavy snow accumulation 1/4-1/6 and 1/8-1/11. Grand totals of two feet (or more) at Brundage and Schweitzer. Less accumulation at Sun Valley. In Montana, 3 different storm systems deliver heavy snow accumulation through 1/12.  I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 1/4-1/7, and heavy snow accumulation 1/9-1/11. Grand totals of 1-2 feet at Whitefish, Snowbowl, Discovery, and Big Sky.  Less snow accumulation at Bridger Bowl and Red Lodge.

California

I’m forecasting 6-12 inches with a storm system on 1/6 at Lake Tahoe, Shasta, and Mammoth. Another 3-6 inches possible on 1/10-1/11.

New Mexico

In New Mexico, 3 different storm systems deliver heavy snow potential through 1/12. Expect light to moderate accumulation on 1/4, heavy accumulation on 1/8, and light to moderate snow accumulation 1/10-1/11. Grand totals of 12-15 inches at Taos, Angel Fire, and Ski Santa Fe.

Northeast

A strong storm system hits New England on 1/6-1/7. The forecast stormtrack continues to wobble. At this point it looks like the heaviest snow will only brush the big ski areas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. A second strong storm system arrives 1/9-1/10 with 70 mph wind gusts and heavy snow changing to a rain/snow mix. Grand total snowfall will vary wildly. Pockets of New Hampshire and Maine could receive 1-2 feet of snow.

Snow before you go East 1-12-24.


December 31, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A colder, snowier pattern change hits the Intermountain West after 1/5. Heavy snow is possible in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado between 1/6-1/9. This pattern change might also benefit the Northeast with an active storm track. On New Year’s Day ski British Columbia, Washington state, Banff, or Northern Idaho. On 1/5 ski Southern Utah or Southwestern Colorado. On 1/6, ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff, or Northern Idaho. On 1/7 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or Sierra.

UtahColorado

There are 3 primary storm systems lined-up through 1/9 for Utah. Colder air arrives after 1/5. A southern track storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation to Southern Utah, including Brian Head, late 1/3 into 1/4. A more potent storm system delivers widespread heavy snow accumulation 1/6-1/8, and a third storm turns the wind to the WNW with heavy snow potential on 1/9. Grand totals of 1-3 feet across the Wasatch and Brian Head by late 1/9.

Similar to Utah, Colorado has 3 primary storm systems lined-up through 1/9. Colder air arrives after 1/5. A southern track storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation on 1/4 to the Western Slope, and especially the Southern Mountains, including Telluride, Purgatory, Silverton, and Wolf Creek. A more potent storm system delivers widespread heavy snow accumulation 1/6-1/8. A third storm system arrives 1/9 with additional accumulation.  Grand totals of 8-16 inches are possible with a few pockets of two feet by late 1/9.  I like the Western Slope and San Juan Mountains for the biggest totals.

Snow Before You Go snowfall totals for the West for New Year's Week

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

This will be a two-storm combo for Wyoming. A potent storm system with colder air arrives late 1/5 through 1/7 with heavy snow accumulation. A second storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow potential 1/8-1/9. Grand totals of 1-2 feet are possible at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole by late 1/9. In Idaho, a small storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation on 12/31 across Northern Idaho. It’ll be drier south. Then a more potent storm system arrives in Idaho 1/5-1/6 with moderate to heavy accumulation and colder air. Another storm system races in 1/7-1/8 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation. Grand totals of 8-16 inches are possible with the biggest totals in Central and Northern Idaho.

It’s a two-storm combo in Montana, too.  A potent storm system with colder air arrives 1/5-1/7 with moderate snow accumulation followed by a second storm system with moderate snow accumulation 1/8-1/9.  Grand totals of 6-14 inches by 1/9.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

At least three storm systems are lined-up through 1/9 for the Pacific Northwest. Colder air arrives after 1/5. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 1/2, heavy snow accumulation on 1/5, and light snow accumulation on 1/8. Grand totals of 1-3 feet by 1/9 at Whistler Blackcomb, Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, Timberline, and Bachelor.

Banff

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on 12/31 for the Banff area, then moderate to heavy snow accumulation 1/5-1/8. Grand totals of 6-12 inches by 1/9.

California

At least 2 storm systems are lined-up through 1/9 in California. I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation above 8,000 feet late 1/2 into 1/3, heavy snow accumulation on 1/6, and colder air, and light snow accumulation on 1/8. Grand totals of 1-2 feet by 1/9.

Odds for best snow for New Year's Week

New Mexico

In New Mexico, 2 different storm systems are possible through 1/9. A southern track storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation 1/4-1/5. A second storm system delivers moderate snow accumulation 1/7-1/8. I’m forecasting grand totals of 6-12 inches by 1/9.

Northeast

The Western pattern change after 1/5 might also benefit the Northeast. This could be a two-storm combo if all the pieces fall into place. A potent storm system arrives 1/7 with moderate to heavy snow potential depending on the track. A second storm system is possible 1/9 with moderate to heavy snow potential. Grand totals of 1-2 feet in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine by late 1/9.


December 27, 2023

Tomer’s Take

This is a challenging period for ski destinations with mostly dry conditions across the Intermountain West, and predominantly rain for the Northeast. On 12/30 ski Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Baker, or Whistler Blackcomb. On New Year’s Eve ski Washington state or British Columbia. On New Year’s Day ski the Banff Area, British Columbia, or under blue skies in Colorado, Utah, or Wyoming.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Washington and British Columbia above 5,000 feet continues into early 12/28, then tapers off. Another storm system arrives with light to moderate snow 12/30-12/31. A third storm system brushes Oregon on 1/3 with light snow accumulation.

UtahColorado

The pattern is mostly dry through 1/2. A storm system is possible around 1/3-1/4 in Utah and around 1/4 in Colorado.

Snow Before You Go Graphic of Ski Resorts with odds for powder days

New Mexico

The pattern is mostly dry through 1/2. A storm system is possible around 1/4.

Banff

The pattern is dry until 12/31-1/1 when light snow slides through. I’m forecasting 1-3 inches at Marmot Basin, Sunshine, and Revelstoke. A second storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation around 1/3.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

The pattern is mostly dry through 1/2. A storm system is possible around 1/4.

California

I’m forecasting very light snow late 12/27 into early 12/28. The overall pattern favors California and the West Coast through 1/2. Light to moderate snow accumulation arrives on 12/30 above 7,000 feet. Another storm system arrives on 12/3 with light to moderate accumulation.

Northeast

A large storm system sweeps through with mainly rain 12/27-12/29 changing to light snow on 12/30. 1-4 inches of total accumulation in Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, and Northern Maine. Then the pattern is dry through 1/4.

Snow Before You Go Snowfall Graphic for the East Coast


December 24, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A departing Christmas Eve storm system from Wyoming/Colorado moves into the Northeast as mainly rain 12/27-12/28, and changes to light snow on 12/29. In the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, a rich flow delivers heavy snow to the higher Cascades and Volcanoes 12/25-12/28. In California, light snow hits the Sierra late 12/27, and moderate snow accumulation 12/29-12/30.

On Christmas Day ski the Pacific Northwest, including Mount Baker and Whistler Blackcomb, and Colorado, including Vail, Breckenridge, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Aspen, or Winter Park. On 12/26, ski the Pacific Northwest, including Washington State and British Columbia. On New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day ski the Sierra.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

A strong jet stream and rich flow of moisture delivers heavy snow to the higher Cascades and volcanoes 12/25-12/29. I’m forecasting 1-3 feet of grand total snow for the Pacific Northwest above 5,000-6,000 feet. It’ll be drier 12/29-1/1.

UtahColorado

Utah stays out of the main flow with only light snow potential late 12/30. In Colorado, leftover light snow is possible on 12/24 into early 12/25. Light wraparound snow might brush Eastern Colorado on 12/26. Then it’s a dry pattern through 1/1.

Chris Tomer graphic of ski resorts with odds of snow

New Mexico

Light snow is possible at New Mexico ski resorts on 12/24 and 12/31. Otherwise it’s a dry pattern.

Banff

The flow really misses the Banff Area through 1/1. Light snow accumulation is possible through interior British Columbia at Revelstoke and Red Mountain.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Wyoming stays out of the main flow through 1/1. I’m forecasting light snow accumulation in Idaho on 12/26 and 12/28, from Brundage north to Schweitzer. It’ll be drier at Sun Valley. Most of Montana stays out of the main flow through 1/1. I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation on 12/26.

California

Light snow accumulation hits California late 12/27, and light to moderate snow accumulation is possible 12/29-12/30.

Northeast

A large storm system sweeps through the Northeast 12/27-12/28 with rain. It changes to light snow on 12/29 in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Then flurries or light snow linger on 12/30-12/31.

Snow Before You Go snow graphic for the east coast for Christmas Week


December 20, 2023

Tomer’s Take

Out West, two pieces of energy merge over Wyoming and Colorado on 12/23-12/24. The total amount of snow depends on the timing of this merger. In the Northeast, I’m forecasting a quiet Christmas followed by a large storm system 12/26-12/28. However, once again air temperatures look warm and most of the precipitation could fall as rain. On 12/23 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, or Southwest Colorado. On 12/24 ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or Colorado. On 12/25 ski Vail, Aspen Snowmass, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Crested Butte, or Silverton.

UtahColorado

I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation in Utah 12/23-12/24. 4-8 inches of grand total accumulation at Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, and Snowbasin. Colorado benefits the most from the merger of two pieces of energy. I’m forecasting moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/23-12/24, with 4-12 inches of grand total snow accumulation at Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Eldora, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Aspen Snowmass, Crested Butte, Powderhorn, Telluride, Silverton, Purgatory, Monarch, and Wolf Creek. Excellent skiing on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Snow before you go graph 12-26-23.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting light to moderate snow accumulation 12/23-12/24, with 4-6 inches of grand total snow accumulation at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives to the Pacific Northwest 12/22, and moderate to heavy accumulation on 12/24-12/26. The rain/snow line on 12/25 increases to 6,000ft. For Whistler, moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs 12/21-12/22, and heavy snow accumulation is likely 12/24-12/27. Grand snow totals of 1-3 feet mid-mountain and higher.

Banff

I’m forecasting one chance for light to moderate snow accumulation on 12/23 for the Banff Area, with 2-6 inches of grand total snow at Marmot Basin and Sunshine. Interior British Columbia can also expect 2-6 inches.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Light snow accumulation occurs in Wyoming 12/21, and moderate accumulation on 12/23, with 3-8 inches of grand total snow accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Heavier snow accumulation closer to the energy merger at Hogadon, Snowy Range, and Laramie Range. A foot of grand total accumulation is possible. In Idaho, I’m forecasting one chance for light to moderate snow accumulation 12/22-12/23, with 2-6 inches of total snow accumulation at Schweitzer, Brundage, and Sun Valley. Similarly, I’m forecasting one chance for light to moderate snow accumulation in Montana on 12/23, with 2-6 inches of total snow accumulation at Big Sky, Red Lodge, Discovery, Snowbowl, and Whitefish.

California

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day look dry in the Sierra. The next storm cycle arrives 12/27-12/29 with heavy snow accumulation potential from Mammoth to Tahoe.

Northeast

I’m not forecasting any snow accumulation through 12/26 for the Northeast. A large storm system arrives 12/26-12/28, but once again air temps look too warm and it could be mostly rain.


December 17, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A large, windy and warm storm system with mostly rain hits the Northeast 12/17-12/19. Out West, it’s a waiting game with abnormally warm temps. A change in the pattern is possible after 12/22 with snow potential by Christmas across the four corners. On 12/22 ski British Columbia or Mammoth. On 12/23 ski the Pacific Northwest, Brian Head, or Banff. On 12/24 ski Brian Head, Southern Colorado, New Mexico, or Big Sky. On 12/25 ski Colorado or New Mexico.

UtahColorado

While this is a challenging pattern, and abnormally warm in Utah and Colorado, I’m forecasting two chances of light snow accumulation. The first occurs in Utah on 12/20 and second on 12/23. 1-4 inches total. Brian Head in Southern Utah could see heavy snow accumulation 12/22-12/24 with a southern track storm system. In Colorado, the best chance for moderate snow accumulation is 12/24-12/25. It’s possible an area of low pressure strengthens in Southeast Colorado, and if so, then heavier snow might occur in Southern Colorado.

New Mexico

New Mexico’s weather pattern is similar to Colorado. The best chance for moderate snow accumulation is 12/24-12/25. It’s possible an area of low pressure strengthens in Southeast Colorado, and if so, then heavier snow might occur at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Snow arrives to the Pacific Northwest late 12/18-12/20, but the rain/snow line starts high at 7000ft then gradually drops. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation above 7,000ft. A second shot of snow arrives late 12/22-12/23 with lower snow levels (4,000-5,000ft). This snow looks light to moderate. A steady feed of moisture hits late 12/17-12/22 in Whistler. Expect moderate to heavy snow accumulation above 6,000ft initially, then levels drop.

Snow before you go Graph 12-25-2023.

Banff

Interior British Columbia takes most of the moisture, but the best chance for light to moderate accumulation for the Banff area is 12/23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting a chance for light snow accumulation on 12/23 in Idaho, with 1-3 inches at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. It’s a challenging pattern and abnormally warm in Idaho, like much of the West. I’m forecasting two chances for light snow accumulation in Idaho. The first occurs on 12/19 and the second on 12/23, with 1-4 inches total. I’m forecasting a chance for light to moderate snow accumulation late 12/23-12/24 in Montana, with 2-6 inches at Bridger Bowl, Red Lodge, and Big Sky, and less accumulation in Northwest Montana.

California

Precipitation hits the Sierra 12/18-12/20, but it’s very warm with snow levels around 9,000-10,000 feet initially. Moderate to heavy accumulation (6-12 inches) above 9,000ft. The snow levels fall to 8,000 feet late 12/18. A second chance for snow arrives late 12/22 into 12/23. 4-8 inches of snow accumulation above 9,000ft.

Northeast

A strong area of low pressure delivers 60 mph gusts to Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine on 12/18 with rain. Colder air changes the rain to light snow on 12/19 and the wind relaxes. Then the pattern dries out through Christmas.

Snow before you go East 12-25-2023.


December 13, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A storm system moving out of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico on 12/14 turns into a coastal storm system for the Northeast on 12/18 with mainly rain. On 12/14 and 12/15 ski New Mexico, Southern Colorado, and the Banff Area. On 12/16 ski British Columbia. On 12/17 ski Loveland or Arapahoe Basin under sunny skies. On 12/18 ski Lake Tahoe or Mammoth.

UtahColorado

It’s a dry pattern in Utah through 12/18. For Colorado, a storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/13-12/14. I’m forecasting 6-12 inches of grand total snowfall at Wolf Creek. I’m forecasting less snow accumulation at Telluride, Silverton, Monarch, and Cuchara. Then the pattern dries out.

New Mexico

A storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/13-12/14. I’m forecasting 4-10 inches of grand total snowfall at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire. Then the pattern dries out.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Light to moderate snow accumulation in the Pacific Northwest at higher elevations on 12/14. There’s another shot of light snow late 12/18. At Whistler Blackcomb, moderate to heavy snow accumulation from the evening of 12/13 through 12/14. Light snow possible 12/16 and 12/18.

Snow before you go graph, December 18, 2023.

Banff

A few flurries in the Banff area on 12/14 and light snow accumulation late 12/18.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

It’s a dry pattern through 12/18 in Wyoming and Montana. It’s a dry pattern in Idaho through 12/17 with light snow possible 12/18.

California

It’s a dry pattern through 12/17 with moderate snow possible 12/18 and a high rain/snow line.

Northeast

A potential Nor’easter is possible late 12/17 through 12/18 but temps are too warm. Rain is likely then changing to snow at the tail end of the storm.

Snow before you go East December 18 - 23.


December 10, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A windy storm system for the Northeast this week with rain to snow 12/10-12/11. A shifting Western pattern favors the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, with lighter accumulation in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico. On 12/11 ski Jay Peak, Stowe, Mad River, or Sugarbush. On 12/14 and 12/15 ski New Mexico, Southern Colorado, or the Banff area. On 12/16 ski Whistler Blackcomb, Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, Revelstoke, or Mount Baker. On 12/17 ski British Columbia.

Northeast

A large, windy storm system hits the Northeast with rain on 12/10 changing to snow into 12/11. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation in Northern Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, and Northern Maine. Biggest totals at Stowe, Sugarbush, Mad River, and Jay Peak. New York state gets moderate to heavy snow accumulation from Snow Ridge to Whiteface. Light snow accumulation possible on 12/13.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Residual light snow continues very early 12/11, then it’s drier until the afternoon of 12/13-12/16, with moderate accumulation at Baker and Rainier. Rain/snow line runs high. Light snow accumulation at Stevens Pass. Heavy snow accumulation at Whistler Blackcomb with up to two feet. The biggest powder day is 12/16 at Baker and Whistler Blackcomb.

SBYG graph December 18-2023.

Banff

Very light accumulation late 12/10 into early 12/11. Then moderate snow accumulation 12/14-12/16, with 4-8 inches at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin. In the interior of British Columbia, up to 10 inches at Revelstoke.

UtahColorado

Out in Utah, the only chance of light snow occurs late 12/12 into early 12/13. Otherwise, the pattern is dry. In Colorado, light snow accumulation continues into 12/11. Light snow returns on 12/13-12/14 with moderate accumulation in the Southern Mountains where an area of low pressure might develop. Then it’s a drier pattern.

New Mexico

Moderate snow accumulation occurs 12/13-12/14 with an area of low pressure that develops. Then it’s a drier pattern.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Moderate snow accumulation continues into early 12/11 in Wyoming, making it a powder day at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Then it’s a drier pattern. In Idaho, light to moderate snow accumulation continues into early 12/11. Then light snow accumulation 12/14 and 12/16. In Montana, light snow accumulation continues into 12/11. Then it’s a drier pattern.

Snow before you go west 12-18-23.

California

The pattern stays dry for CA through 12/18. A storm system is possible after 12/18.


December 6, 2023

Tomer’s Take

There’s a large storm system for the East but it’s mostly rain. The active flow continues out West with new snow for the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. On 12/7 ski the Banff Area, Northern California, Central and Northern Idaho. On 12/8 ski Tetons, Wasatch, or the western slope of Colorado. On 12/9 ski Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, or Breckenridge. On 12/10 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Idaho.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

I’m forecasting two different storm systems through 12/11. Moderate to heavy snow continues on 12/7 with a brief break on 12/8. Snow redevelops on 12/9 through early 12/10. 10-20 inches of total snow accumulation for Mount Baker, Whistler Blackcomb, Stevens Pass, Rainier, and Mt. Bachelor.

Snow before you go graph December 11-23.

UtahColorado

In Utah, two waves of moisture deliver heavy snow accumulation to the Wasatch. The first wave is more significant. I’m forecasting 6-12 inches of snow on 12/7-12/8, and 1-3 inches on 12/10. In Colorado, two waves of moisture deliver moderate to heavy snow accumulation with the Central and Northern Mountain zones receiving the most. I’m forecasting 4-10 inches of snow accumulation between late 12/7 and 12/8, and 1-3 inches on 12/10.

Northeast

A large, windy storm system arrives the afternoon of 12/10 through 12/11. It puts most ski areas into the warm sector with mostly rain initially. Then, rain changes to snow early 12/11 in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine with snow light to moderate snow accumulation.

Snow before you go East 12-11-23.

Banff

Moderate to heavy snow accumulation (5-12 inches) for the Banff area occurs 12/6 into early 12/7. 12/7 should be a powder day before it turns drier. Interior British Columbia can expect additional snow accumulation 12/8-12/10.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation (1-3 inches) in New Mexico between 12/8-12/9 at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

In Wyoming, 2 waves of moisture deliver heavy snow accumulation to the Tetons, including Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee on 12/7-12/8, and 12/10. I’m forecasting grand totals of 12-14 inches of snow.

California

Moderate snow continues for California into the 12/7 from Lake Tahoe to Mount Shasta. Then the pattern turns dry, again.


December 3, 2023

Tomer’s Take

The rich atmospheric river flow in the Pacific Northwest and West Northwest Flow continues into the first week of December. On 12/7 ski the Banff Area, Jackson Hole, Idaho, or Montana. On 12/8 ski the Wasatch, Jackson Hole, or Western Slope of Colorado. On 12/9 ski Southern Colorado, New Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, or British Columbia.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

The rich atmospheric river flow continues through 12/7 with additional moisture beyond. I’m forecasting heavy snow at higher elevations (rain below) 12/4-12/7 with 1-3 feet of accumulation at Whistler/Blackcomb, Baker, Stevens Pass, Timberline, Bachelor, and potentially 5 feet on Rainier. Looking down the road, additional snow is possible 12/9-12/10.

UtahColorado

WNW Flow continues into early 12/4 then dries up. 12/4 is a big powder day for the Central and Northern mountain zones of Colorado and Utah’s Wasatch. The next storm system arrives 12/7-12/9 with 4-12 inches of accumulation in both states. The snow starts earlier in Utah on 12/7 and in Colorado by late 12/7.

Graphic of snowfall totals for early December 2023
©Chris Tomer

Northeast

The primary New England storm system occurs by the afternoon of 12/3 through 12/4 with 6-12 inches of accumulation in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Another storm system is possible 12/10-12/11, however temperatures might be too warm.

Snow before you go East. Dec 11-23.

Banff

Light snow trickles in on 12/4 for the Banff area and then intensifies on 12/5-12/7 with 6-14 inches of snow accumulation at Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin, and potentially more at Fernie.

New Mexico

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation between 12/8-12/9 in New Mexico.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting 3-6 inches of snow accumulation by early 12/4 in Wyoming, making 12/4 a powder day. The next storm system arrives 12/8-12/9 with 6-12 inches of accumulation. In Idaho, heavy snow is likely late 12/4 through 12/7. I’m forecasting a foot at Schweitzer and Brundage with less at Sun Valley. The highest peaks of Idaho could get 1-3 feet. An additional storm system is possible around 12/10. In Montana, light snow continues into 12/4. Then, moderate to heavy snow accumulation occurs 12/7-12/11. I’m forecasting 7-12 inches, from Whitefish to Bridger Bowl to Big Sky.

California

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation on 12/6-12/7.


November 29, 2023

Tomer’s Take

Big snow totals likely in Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and Idaho with a powerful West Northwest flow pattern. I’m forecasting the Pacific Northwest and Idaho to see snow throughout this next week, while other headliners include Wyoming and Utah 12/1-12/4 (and 12/8), and Colorado 11/30-12/4 and 12/8-12/10. On 12/1 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Central Idaho. On 12/2 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Wyoming, Central Idaho, Wasatch, or Western Slope of Colorado. On 12/3 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Tetons, Wasatch, or central and northern mountains of Colorado.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

A powerful polar jet escorts a series of storm systems and moist flow into the Pacific Northwest and Whistler between the afternoon of 11/30-12/5 with some moisture breaks. Another batch of moisture hits 12/7-12/8. I’m forecasting 1-3 feet of snow accumulation 11/30-12/5.

Snow before you go graph Nov 29 2023.

UtahColorado

Big snow accumulation likely in Utah 12/1-12/4 with a powerful WNW Flow pattern. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet at Park City and Deer Valley, 2 feet at Solitude and Brighton, and 2-3 feet at Alta and Snowbird. Additional snow accumulation possible on 12/8. In Colorado, big snow accumulation is likely 11/30-12/4 with a powerful WNW Flow pattern. I’m forecasting 1-2 feet across the Central and Northern Mountain zones, including Aspen, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Vail, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Winter Park. Less accumulation in the Southern Colorado Mountains. Additional snow accumulation possible 12/8-12/10.

Northeast

There are two different storm systems on track. I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine 12/1-12/2, and moderate snow accumulation 12/3-12/4. Grand totals of 4-12 inches. Less accumulation elsewhere.

Snow before you go NE Dec 5 2023.

Banff

A lot of the moisture misses the Banff Area and hits interior British Columbia. I’m forecasting 3-6 inches at Marmot Basin and Sunshine Village 12/3-12/5.

New Mexico

I’m forecasting light snow accumulation 12/1-12/2 with 2-4 inches of accumulation.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Big snow accumulation is likely 12/1-12/4 in Wyoming with a powerful WNW Flow pattern. I’m forecasting about two feet of accumulation at Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. Additional snow possible on 12/8. The biggest snow accumulation in Idaho occurs at Brundage 12/1-12/5 with 1-2 feet. Less snow accumulation at Schweitzer and Sun Valley. Additional snow accumulation likely beyond 12/5. Most of the Montana ski resorts will be on the periphery of the WNW Flow pattern with 4-10 inches of total accumulation 12/1-12/4.

SBYG Graph December 11 2023.

California

The flow largely misses the Sierra with only light accumulation on 11/30 and 12/2-12/3.


November 26, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A high pressure ridge keeps the West dry through 11/29, then a stormier pattern develops with both jet streams delivering snow. In the Northeast, a strong storm system sweeps through 11/26-11/27 with a high rain/snow line. On 11/30 ski New Mexico or Western or Southwest Colorado. On 12/1 ski the Pacific Northwest or Whistler. On 12/2 ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Idaho, or Western/Southwest Colorado. On 12/3, ski the Tetons, Wasatch, or Western/Southwest Colorado.

UtahColorado

The high pressure stays in control through 11/29 in both Utah and Colorado before the pattern shifts with moderate to heavy snow accumulation 11/30-12/4. The bulk of snow appears to occur 12/2-12/3 in Utah.

Northeast

A strong storm system develops along the coast late on 11/26, and into 11/27, with a few heavy bands of rain/snow. Snow levels will run about 3,000 feet early before falling. Heaviest snow accumulation occurs mid-mountain, and higher across Northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Looking down the road, I’m forecasting a chance for light snow 12/1-12/2, and light to moderate snow 12/3-12/4.

Snow before you go NE Dec 4 23.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

The pattern is dry in the Pacific Northwest with high pressure until late 11/30, then a much more active jet stream returns with heavy snowfall. I’m forecasting heavy snow accumulation late 11/30 through 12/4 for Mount Baker, Rainier, Stevens Pass, and Whistler Blackcomb. It looks snowy beyond 12/4 as well.

Snow before you go graph Nov. 27, 2023.

Banff

High pressure stays in control through 11/30 for Banff. The pattern change after 11/30 favors the PNW and interior British Columbia. Only light snowfall appears to spread across Banff after 11/30 with a large downslope component.

New Mexico

High pressure stays in control in New Mexico through 11/29, then the pattern shifts with light to moderate snow accumulation 11/30-12/2. Light snow accumulation possible 12/3.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

High pressure stays in control in Wyoming through early 12/1, then the pattern shifts with moderate to heavy snow accumulation late 12/1 through 12/4. In Idaho, high pressure stays in control through 11/30, then the pattern shifts with moderate to heavy snow accumulation 12/1 through 12/4. Like Wyoming, the high pressure stays in control in Montana through early 12/1, then the pattern shifts with light to moderate snow accumulation late 12/1 through 12/4.

California

I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation 11/29-12/1.


November 21, 2023

Tomer’s Take

For Thanksgiving Weekend, I’m forecasting one storm system for the West and one for the Northeast through 11/27. Out West I’m forecasting snow for Montana late 11/22 through early 11/24, Utah late 11/23 through early 11/25, Colorado late 11/23 through 11/25, and New Mexico 11/24-11/25. On Thanksgiving day ski Southern Montana or Wyoming. On 11/24 ski Utah, Colorado, or Wyoming. On 11/25 ski Southern Colorado or New Mexico. On 11/26 ski sunny skies in Colorado or Utah.

UtahColorado

The next storm system delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation to the Wasatch in Utah starting late 11/23 continuing into early 11/25. All told, 6-12 inches of total snow accumulation along with much colder air. In Colorado, moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives in all mountain zones starting late on 11/23 through 11/25. The Western Slope ski areas get 6-12 inches, and 4-8 inches across Summit County and Continental Divide. The San Juan Mountains could squeeze out 10-20 inches of snow, especially over Wolf Creek and Silverton Ski Areas. Much colder air as well.

Snow before you go, West, November 27, 2023.

Northeast

A large storm system sweeps across the Northeast late 11/21 through 11/22 with moderate to heavy snow accumulation at ski areas in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Rain is likely at lower elevations. Another storm system possible 11/26-11/27 with light to moderate snow accumulation.

Snow before you go November 21 2023, graph.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Light snow accumulation occurs late 11/21 into early 11/22 in the Pacific Northwest. Then the pattern shifts away from the PNW with a drier stretch. Light snow accumulation occurs late 11/21, then the pattern dries out.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs afternoon 11/22 into 11/23 with 1-4 inches of total accumulation. Then the flow shifts and it’s a drier stretch.

New Mexico

Moderate snow accumulation occurs 11/24-11/25 with about 6 inches of accumulation at Taos, Ski Santa Fe, and Angel Fire.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Moderate snow accumulation starts 11/23 through early 11/25 in Wyoming. 6-10 inches of total accumulation at Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. Much colder air as well. Moderate to heavy snow starts late 11/22 across Southern Montana with less elsewhere. I’m forecasting 4-8 inches of snow at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, and up to 14 inches at Red Lodge, along with much colder air. In Idaho, light snow accumulation occurs 11/22 with 1-4 inches of total snow accumulation.

California

The flow doesn’t favor California this week.


November 19, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A Thanksgiving storm system with snow and colder weather likely for Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico. On 11/22 ski the Northeast. On Thanksgiving ski Montana or Wyoming. On 11/24 ski Utah or Colorado. On 11/25 ski Colorado or New Mexico. On 11/26 ski New Mexico or New England.

UtahColorado

Snow tapers off in Utah early 11/20, which should be a powder day. The next storm system arrives 11/23-11/24 with much colder air and 6-12 inches of snow accumulation in Utah. In Colorado, snow continues on 11/20 in all mountain zones with 4-12 inches of snow accumulation. The next storm system arrives late on 11/23 and continues through early 11/25. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation is possible along with much colder air. The biggest grand totals appear to be in Southern Colorado, where up to two feet is possible at Wolf Creek, Silverton, and Purgatory.

Snow before you go graph, November 27, 2023.

Northeast

A large storm system sweeps through the Northeast with moderate to heavy snow accumulation. Snow starts late on 11/21 and tapers off early 11/23. 6-12 inches in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine ski areas. Lower elevations could see rain mix in. Another storm system is possible around 11/25.

Snow before you go East November 27, 2023.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Snow on 11/19 ends and the next storm system arrives in the Pacific Northwest 11/21-11/22 with light to moderate accumulation. The next storm system arrives to Whistler 11/21-11/22 with light to moderate accumulation.

Banff Area

The flow doesn’t favor Banff this week. I’m only forecasting light accumulation on 11/22 and possibly trickling into 11/23.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

Very early morning light snow on 11/20 in Wyoming, then drier until the next storm system on 11/23-11/24 when moderate to heavy snow accumulation arrives. Much colder air accompanies the snow. In Montana, very early morning light snow on 11/20 then drier until the next storm system arrives late 11/22 through 11/24 with light to moderate snow accumulation. Heavier accumulation at Red Lodge. Much colder air accompanies the snow. The next storm system arrives 11/22 in Idaho with light snow accumulation from Sun Valley to Brundage to Schweitzer.

California

The flow doesn’t favor California this week.


November 15, 2023

Tomer’s Take

A large trough of low pressure approaching California will dictate the pattern through 11/20.  Two cold fronts racing out of the Pacific Northwest will mesh with energy from this California trough and generate snow in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.  A third cold front arrives 11/23-11/24.

It’s still early season with many places closed. Ski either Colorado and Utah, with snow arriving 11/16 and 11/18-11/20.

UtahColorado

In Utah I’m forecasting two shots of moderate to heavy snow accumulation.  The first occurs on 11/16 with 5-10 inches, and the second occurs 11/18-11/19 with another 5-10 inches. In Colorado expect light accumulation 11/16 with 1-4 inches across the Central and Northern Mountain zones, then moderate snow accumulation 11/18-11/19 across all zones with 4-10 inches. This snow could linger into 11/20.

Pacific NorthwestWhistler

Expect light snow on 11/15 and drier on 11/16. Then moderate to heavy snow accumulation possible 11/18-11/19 from Rainier to Stevens Pass to Mount Baker with 4-12 inches.

Snow before you go 11/20/2023.

Banff Area

Light snow accumulation occurs 11/15 into very early 11/16. Then, light to moderate snow accumulation occurs 11/18-11/19 with 1-5 inches.

Wyoming, IdahoMontana

I’m forecasting two shots of snow accumulation in Wyoming. The first is very light on 11/16 with 1-2 inches, and the second occurs 11/18-11/19 with 3-6 inches. In Idaho, snow is likely across Northern Idaho on 11/15 then turning drier on 11/16. It’ll be dryer overall across Sun Valley. The next chance for snow occurs 11/18-11/19 with 1-4 inches. Less in Southern Idaho, including Sun Valley. I’m forecasting two shots of snow for Montana. The first chance is very light on 11/16 with a dusting.  The second chance occurs 11/19 with 1-3 inches.

California

Expect two shots of minor snow accumulation from Mammoth to Tahoe. The first occurs 11/15-11/16, and the second occurs 11/17-11/18. Looking down the road, I don’t see much snow yet.

Northeast

I’m forecasting a chance for light snow accumulation (possibly mixed with rain) on 11/18 and 11/19 for the Northeast. A second shot of snow possible 11/21-11/22.

Snow before you go 11/15


November 2023

Meteorologist Chris Tomer gave us a preview of what we may see this winter in his 2023/2024 long-range winter forecastAfter a rare triple-dip La Niña, which saw a La Niña weather pattern for three consecutive winters, we then saw a fast transition to an El Niño pattern this year. As Tomer wrote in his long-range winter forecast, this could “potentially be one of the strongest El Niño patterns on record.” In a November 9 update, the NOAA wrote that “El Niño is anticipated to continue through the Northern Hemisphere spring (with a 62% chance during April-June 2024).”

Like last season, Arapahoe Basin was one of the first ski resorts to open, welcoming skiers and snowboarders on October 29. It was followed just a couple days later by Keystone, which opened on November 1. Head to the ski reports section of OnTheSnow to see forecasts, snow reports, webcams, and more.

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