- Final storm system merger underway for 2021 in UT, CO, NM, WY.
- Looking into 2022, the storm track shifts north to favor the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, Banff area, ID, WY, MT. Plan on major snow accumulation of 25-60″ at Stevens Pass, Baker, Rainier, Whistler/Blackcomb, Timberline, and Bachelor.
- Then the jet stream shifts a little further south starting on the 4th and brushes northern UT and northern CO.
- 8-day storm cycle totals now stand at 89″ in Crested Butte and will likely increase to about 105″ by 1/1. Schofield Pass SWE sits at 12.3″ since 12/23. These two pieces of data suggest a top-3 storm cycle for the Crested Butte zone. It rivals March 2019 and the Bury Butte storm cycle of January 2017.
This graph is courtesy the Crested Butte Avalanche Center and shows the biggest storm cycles on Schofield Pass since 1986.
Infrared satellite shows the final storm system(s) moving through UT, CO, NM and the shifting storm track for the PNW.
The jet stream shifts north the first week of 2022 and favors the PNW, B.C., the northern tier of the Rockies, ID, MT, and WY. Starting on the 4th, snow will brush the Wasatch and northern zones of Colorado.
Let’s look at my snow forecast in two time-periods. I added Brundage Mountain, ID to the map.
Drilling down, here’s my snow plume forecast for Aspen/Snowmass:
For more analysis please watch my forecast video: