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By Powderchaser Steve, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago March 2, 2024

FULL ON DUMPING

Summary

I am on the chase and will be brief only talking about the Rockies. We all know what is going on in the Sierra. I do not recommend chases to the Sierra. Some spots in the Rockies are DEEP. 30 inches in 24 hours.

Update

The Tetons were crushed with 30 inches in 24 hours. Snow density is medium to dense. Avalanche danger will be very high today with my expectations of very long delays on JHMR if they open. Additional 4-9 inches are possible on Saturday with colder air arriving near noon. This will be a gamble due to the density and new snowfall. 

Utah scores a rapid 5-10 inches on Saturday afternoon with a very sharp cold front. Pre frontal winds will be near 100 MPH at the summits (Many areas will be on wind hold Saturday). Winds ease slightly with the cold front. It might be snowing 4 inches per hour Saturday afternoon.

Winds decrease Saturday night in Utah with some models hinting at an increase for Sunday morning (Just south of the Cottonwoods). Snow quality Saturday will be wind impacted, however with the cold front and winds decreasing there is still hope of some good quality. My guess on the Cottonwood totals (11-17). PCMR 7-12). Logan or Ogden (8-12)

Elsewhere, I see Colorado scoring 12-24 inches in the central mountains (Aspen, Crested Butte) with a good chance of 9-15 for the I-70 corridor extending north to Steamboat. Models are not in synch where the strongest bands set up Saturday night. CB is a good choice.  SW winds switch to the NW late Saturday night or early Sunday pushing better snowfall to the I-70 corridor. All mountain ranges from WP extending south to CB have high potential.  The southern San Juans should grab 9-10 (Wolf Creek). Cold front hits Colorado in vengeance on Saturday late PM. Strong winds will precede this front! Driving conditions will be very poor. 

Below: Total additional water thorough Sunday morning is significant in the Sierra extending to the Tetons. Northern and Southern Utah score big numbers (9-15).

Colorado turns in deep numbers in the central mountains with decent amounts also extending north to Steamboat and the I-70 corridor (Includes Summit County). Front range resorts might score also. Early guess is 12-20 for the central regions and 8-15 further north along I-70. 

Out the door! 

Powderchaser Steve 

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Powderchaser Steve has over 45 years of experience chasing storms based on his weather and local knowledge of resorts on both the East and West Coasts. His snow intel will likely land him at the deepest resort and almost never missing "First Chair" in the process. Follow "The Chase" on OpenSnow to find out where the deepest snow may be falling.

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