Look for cooler conditions today and Thursday with light snow refills. The snow train will return on Friday and Saturday with a decent spring snowfall. Following a little break Saturday night and Sunday, another storm will dump more powder on Sunday night and Monday. If that’s not enough, the pattern will remain active into next week with another shot of snow possible on Thursday. The cooler and active weather that has arrived is expected to continue bringing impulses about every 3 to 5 days. Don’t put away your powder skis just yet, Spring has just begun!
Short Term Forecast
Vertigals Former Corn Snow Prom ‘Queen’ Courtesy Bogus Basin
Today through Thursday Night
This morning’s satellite animation (below) shows several waves moving through including yesterday’s storm that has moved northeast into Montana after dumping a few inches of fresh snow (applause). The energy that is just off the coast now (in darker Black colors is splitting into two pieces of energy that will move around us, robbing us of significant snow until Friday. As you can see on the loop there are several more snow makers lined up in this pattern.
GOES-West Water Vapor Satellite Loop Courtesy NOAA
Friday through next Week
The Pacific storms and energy will move inland by Friday taking advantage of the cooler air in place. The loop below depicts how the 24-hour daily snowfall amounts are forecast to measure up each day (look for the time and date along the top label). We’re looking for a period with several inches of new snow Friday night-Saturday followed by a break on Sunday. Another wave will move in Sunday night and Monday, continuing in the Sawtooth and Smoky Mountains through Thursday.
GFS Forecast 24-Hour Snowfall Loop Courtesy Tropical Tidbits
Tonight through Thursday, March 30
Purple colors ~ 6 inches, Blue colors 1-3 inches
This is another way to look at similar information, only for one specific site. The down-scaled ensemble snow forecast for the highest elevations of the Sawtooth and Smoky Mountains (below) shows about 10” of accumulating snow beginning on Friday afternoon and continuing through Tuesday (March 28th).
NAEF Snowfall Forecast for Titus Study Plot Courtesy University of Utah
Tuesday March 28 through Monday April 4
Although the long-range computer models are differing with respect to the strength of individual waves of energy, they are in agreement that the weather pattern will remain active well into the extended period that runs through the first week of April. The outlooks also favor cooler-than-normal temperatures, no foolin’!
GFS Computer Model Forecast for Steering Level Weather Pattern April 4
Trough of Low Pressure = more snow (in Blue colors)
Springtime gets a little crazy in the Idaho Mountains. With so many events and activities this week, there’s something for everyone. Take a look at the announcements below and thank you for reading.
Today, March 22: Corn Snow Prom with the Vertigals at Bogus Basin
Brundage Mountain Spring Break Deals:
McCall Deals for Spring Break:
Sun Valley Spring Break Events:
Monday, March 27: “Beyond the Whiteclouds” Special Screening at BSU – FREE!
April 2: Cold Bowl Pond Skim at Dollar Mountain – Last Day of the Season
Avalanche Information Updates: Consult the websites below for updates as conditions will be changing with the shifting weather pattern through late this week.
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