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Best Ski Weather WEST report...things begin to calm down some, but still many frontal systems on the way alternating both north and southern sections

Posted: 2010-01-22 14:46:09

Friday 1-22-10

WEST –

The daisy chain of Pacific storms is letting up late this Friday and into the day Saturday but before then more snow showers were likely into the evening hours Friday night mainly across the interior sections of the West in Utah and west of the divide in Colorado where from 3 to 8” were likely with possibly up to an additional foot. A ridge of higher pressure will shut down the precipitation across California and then eastward.

Higher freezing levels will work in the next major Pacific frontal system and accompanying area of low pressure on late Saturday night reaching the Cascades and northern Sierra. Winds along the Oregon-Washington coast with this one looks to very strong with gusts perhaps as high as hurricane force and producing power outages in coastal areas.

Best snows will be at the higher resorts in the Cascades as a mix of rain and snow was likely with this system, and flooding ca not be ruled out where snow melt will be excessive along the with the rains. This system will should unload a good shot of  snow as it heads across parts of Idaho and Montana, BC and Alberta amounting to 8 to 14".


Longer Range: Another shot of good snows to land on the Sierra with from 1 to 2 feet Tuesday into Wednesday, and with good ride into the Utah Wasatch and Colorado Rockies for Wednesday with perhaps better than a foot.

At this point another dry stretch was indicated. Overall above normal snowfall for the western mountains with near normal snows across the Rockies and interior West.


See Snowman Joe compiled information for best bases of better than 8 feet in part of the Sierra.

SNOW TOTALS........by SnoManJo

Posted: 2010-01-22 11:18:49

Today's Powder Dumps
29"     Mammoth Mountain     CA
25"     Purgatory at Durango     CO
25"     Silverton Mountain     CO
24"     Sierra Summit     CA
18"     Mt Baldy     CA
15"     Bear Valley     CA
15"     Brian Head     UT
14"     Northstar-at-Tahoe     CA
14"     Sierra-at-Tahoe     CA
14"     Mountain High     CA

Deepest Base
138"     Alpine Meadows     CA
135"     Mt Baker     WA
130"     Boreal     CA
130"     Soda Springs     CA
130"     Hemlock Resort     BC
126"     Mount Washington Alpine Resort     BC
119"     Whistler Blackcomb     BC
116"     Grouse Mountain     BC
115"     Sugar Bowl Ski     CA
106"     Appalachian Ski Mountain     NC

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