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Powder Alert! Multiple Feet Forecasted for Cascades and Rockies (Sierras to Score Too)

Time to score! Graphic: Powderchasers.com


The Inertia

We’re fans of Powderchasers.com. They give updates on one of the best things Mother Nature could possibly provide: deep, rippable powder and this week they’ve been sending out plenty. The site is forecasting three to five feet for the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest into the Idaho panhandle.

Meanwhile, the Rockies are looking at at least 14 inches in most locations with other spots getting more, some less. The precursor to the main storm already delivered big time, according to Pow Chasers, with Jackson Hole getting 14 inches and Utah’s Snowbird reporting 13 inches today.  

Now, the main plate. The big storm is supposed to roll in this afternoon, Friday, January 10, with resorts like Alpental, Snowqualmie and Stevens Pass in Washington scoring 3-5 feet of snow. And the call is for ideal temperatures in the mountain regions (lower half of the 20s), perfect for the light, dry action we all love:

The trend for the Rockies is consistent periods of moderate snow for the Wasatch with an uptick in amounts late Saturday into Monday (Might favor the northern Wasatch initially). Amounts for the Tetons and Wasatch are likely to be in the 8-14 inch range. The Tetons will see this increase on Sunday morning into Monday (Storm ski).  Aim for Sunday, Monday and again late Tuesday (See below) for Wyoming and Utah.

Another storm system is set for the beginning of next week. While it might not be as intense, the Truckee/Tahoe area is forecasted to get snow starting Saturday with storms lined up every day of the next week. Winter is on!

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