After another multi-day event, the storm that brought us more snow will be moving east today. We will be left with some great late-January conditions to ride and ski, especially today while it’s still fresh. Winds have also subsided, so what are you waiting for?
Short Term Forecast
Today through Thursday
Bogus Basin managed to measure 4” of nice powder yesterday on top of the foot that fell over the weekend. Similar for Sun Valley who got 3” yesterday for a storm total of 15 to 17 inches. Not too shabby for “leftovers”.
Courtesy Bogus Basin Facebook Page
Friday January 27 through Monday January 30th
It’s time for us to give someone else a turn to experience some of the epic snow that we have been hogging for awhile. We’ll be in a high pressure pattern which means that there will be a dome of cold, dry, stable air overhead. Next week that will allow a strong inversion to form with valley temperatures much colder than the ridges of the mountains. Overall, expect to see daytime highs warm up into the 20s each day, with very little day-to-day change. It will be cold in the mornings with readings in the single digits and teens. The sun will be shining brightly up above the stratus clouds that will be locked in the valleys below .
There’s a chance that we will see a weak wave of energy sneaking in to undercut the ridge with a light accumulation snow episode for northern Idaho, including Schweitzer and Silver Mountain Resorts on Sunday or Monday, but right now it doesn’t look very impressive.
Tuesday February 1 through Monday February 6
There is surprising agreement among the long-range computer models that our next shift in the weather pattern will be sometime during the weekend of February 4th. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center advertises the following outlook with above normal precipitation (in Green colors) for a broad area of the western and northern U.S.
Of course this far out in time, it’s difficult to resolve exactly where our next Pacific snow machine will position itself, but I’m hoping that the European model is most accurate, because here is where it places the trough of low pressure (in Blue colors off the California Coast). That should direct moisture and energy our way for the next significant snow event around Saturday February 4th, give or take a day.
Check back often for updates. Thanks for reading.
Due to safety concerns, all back country gates at Bogus Basin remain closed until further notice. Stiff winds on the new snow have created considerable avalanche danger. Check the latest updates before heading out.
There are road closures in eastern Idaho due to snow and drifting. Please consult the IDOT webpage for more information before heading to the hill.
West Central Mountains
Bogus Basin, Brundage Mountain, Tamarack, McCall
Idaho City, Banner Ridge, Lowman
Central Mountains, Sawtooth Mountains, and Wood River Valley
Sun Valley, Soldier Mountain
Panhandle/Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Schweitzer, Silver Mountain
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