Tag: Snow

October snow forecast; Fall color update

Tomer’s Take: Two active periods for mountain snow are possible regulated by a ridge of high pressure. Two active periods slightly favor Western Slope zones for higher totals. Best accumulation will occur at higher elevations with melting in-between. Peak Fall color in Colorado is running behind schedule in some mountain zones. My full Winter Forecast […]

Winter forecast 2022-2023

Tomer’s Take: Rare triple-dip La Nina. Multivariate ENSO Index strongest since 2010. Warm blob is back but for how long? Abnormally warm and dry Fall season across the West. Late start to Winter. Large Western ridge of high pressure September 2022 – March 2023. Overall, target PNW, British Columbia, Banff Area, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana […]

New to CO: Avalanche transceiver detection via helicopter

Highlights New beacon technology installed on select Flight for Life helicopters can now be used to locate missing people wearing avalanche transceivers. “This technology is another tool in our toolbox,” says Dale Atkins of Alpine Rescue Team. The helicopter beacon can detect any avalanche transceiver on the market today (at 457kHz). Alpine Rescue Team, Loveland […]

Storm system crossing UT, CO, WY; Small atmospheric river early next week

Light to moderate snow is falling in the mountains of Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. I’m forecasting minor snow amounts except for a couple isolated locations in Colorado’s Northern Mountains like Cameron Pass. I’m forecasting a few inches of accumulation in Utah’s Wasatch and Wyoming’s Teton Range. In Colorado, light to moderate accumulation is likely in […]

Mountain Weather update 10/31

There are a few storm systems lined-up into the Pacific Ocean targeting the first week of November. Each will follow a similar storm track into the PNW then into the intermountain West. Each front delivers light to moderate snow amounts to the WY, CO, MT, and UT. Unfortunately, the storm track does not favor California. […]

November Forecast: Loveland Ski Area

Loveland Ski Area officially opens on Saturday, October 30. I took a thorough look at the pattern for November and it looks snowy at Loveland Ski Area. Let me expand on my temperature forecast. For perspective, here are the average highs and lows (roughly) at the base. Average high November 1: 40° Average high November […]

Tuesday roundup 10/26

2-3 feet of snow fell at Tahoe ski areas. Impressive photos from Heavenly: This is from the primary impulse associated with the atmospheric river (AR). It’s now moving east through Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado with moderate to heavy snow accumulation at ski areas. The snow stake at Snowbird, UT shows about on 10″ of new […]

Mountain snow forecast next few days

The atmospheric river (AR) dislodges tonight and then moves into the interior Rockies with snow for UT, ID, WY, and CO. On the north side, the main low pressure hitting the Pacific Northwest actually tied for the lowest atmospheric pressure reading on record for that region at 943mb. Significant totals are possible in the Wasatch […]

Mountain weather update 10/24

The first atmospheric river (AR) of the season is underway in California and snow levels are (finally) dropping to about 6,000ft by tonight into Monday morning. The Tahoe ski areas get it first then Mammoth by tonight. Overall precipitation totals will push 500% of normal from a single event. This is the largest impulse associated […]

Snow forecast next 7 days across the West

The Pineapple Express will drive snow chances across the West for the next 7 days sending two different storm systems inland. Notice the bright yellow/green ribbons from Hawaii to the West Coast. Here’s what i’m thinking for snowfall next 7-8 days, click graphic to enlarge: Let’s talk the rain/snow line in Tahoe. Whenever you deal […]