Since last night we’ve been experiencing strong southwest winds and rounds of heavy precipitation out ahead of an approaching strong cold front. In a couple hours (around 8PM) the front will swing through. Several hours of very heavy snowfall, strong winds, and dropping temperatures will accompany it. Snow levels will drop to the valley floors as winds swift from south west to north west. Travel through mountain passes will become extremely treacherous. Output from the HRRR depicts this frontal passage well:
The intensity of the snowfall will begin to decrease overnight, but on and off snow showers should continue in the mountains through midday tomorrow during a period of moist NW flow.
So far most resorts have picked up anywhere between 10 and 15 inches. Through midday tomorrow I expect another 15 to 20 inches, bringing totals to 2-3 feet.
The skiing should be awesome in the mountains MLK weekend. Saturday will be generally clear (maybe a snow shower or two in the mountains) and Sunday will be mild with increasing clouds out ahead of our next storm system.
The next system will enter the region Sunday night and last through the day on Monday. Right now it looks like a moderate event. The NAEFS below shows there still decent uncertainty regarding the size of this system.
Beyond Monday’s system, another one may impact the region midweek. More details will be provided on these systems in upcoming posts. Enjoy the powder!