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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 1, 2023

Heavy snow coming through Sunday, 1-3 feet forecast

Summary

Forecasts are holding true for back-to-back snow storms Friday-Sunday statewide, with copious amounts of snow expected. Schweitzer, Silver and Lookout will get 1-2 feet of snow by Sunday. Bogus, Brundage, Tamarack and Pomerelle could get 2-3 feet by Sunday. Then twin AR systems move into the region and cause a dramatic warm-up, sending snow levels above ski area summits Mon-Tues. Might be messy!

Short Term Forecast


Big *pow* day at Schweitzer (file photo). 

Woo-hoo we're finally getting a major base-making storm that will spread the powder goods statewide. Temperatures will stay cool and it'll be all snow Friday-Sunday. Impressive snow totals are forecast with these back-to-back storms. 

The Central Mountains and Bogus Basin are going to get hammered with 2-3 feet of snow through Sunday. That's what we need! Pomerelle, Magic and Pebble could get 1.5-3 feet as well! All good! Northern Idaho ski area will get 1-2 feet by Sunday. 


Deterministic weather models are not showing as much snow as OpenSnow and NOAA forecasts, but this map gives you an idea of how the snow will be distributed statewide. Deep reds and whites will be in the 20"+ range. 

Now for the yin-yang side of the snow report: twin Atmospheric River systems will hit Idaho on Sunday night-Tuesday, sending snow levels super high and temps 10-15 above-normal. 


This model run of precipitable water content (PWAT) Sunday night-Thursday shows the big plumes of moisture plowing through the Northwest. 

Snow levels in Northern Idaho will rise to 7,500 to 8,000 feet by Tuesday and the storms will be mostly rain in the first part of next week. Similar scenarios are forecast at Bogus Basin, but the warm-up effect may be a bit delayed at Brundage and Tamarack, where snow levels will remain lower for a bit. 

Sun Valley, Pomerelle, Magic and Pebble may not see as much of a warm-up or rain as things stand now. 

Extended Forecast

Snow levels and temps will be 10-15 degrees above normal in the middle of next week, and then a cold front arrives Thursday and more precip may be on the horizon late next week. 

Might be a bit messy after all the snow over the weekend, some of it potentially melting with the warm-up, but the amount of precip forecast with the AR events may not be as high ... that could be a savings grace. 

Thanks for reading. My next forecast will be on Sunday, 12-3. 

- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow 

Announcements

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week.    

Silver Mountain is opening for the season on Saturday, Dec. 2. Chair 1, Chair 2, Chair 5, and the magic carpet will be operating. Here is the schedule for this weekend: Friday: Tubing hill and bunny hill only, first gondola at 9:30; Saturday and Sunday: Chairs 1, 2, and 5 as well as the magic carpet. First gondola at 8:15 am. Lift tickets are $59 for adults and $49 for youth.

Schweitzer Mountain is operating 7 days a week, 9 am to 3:30 pm. Terrain: Midway trail only, accessed by Basin Express quad. Also, several terrain park features are set up on lower Midway. (Please stay on the groomed trail). Lift Tickets are available for purchase on-site at a discounted rate of $50. Magic carpet is free to use but you will need to stop by the Ski & Ride Center or Guest Services to pick up your free ticket first. 

Bogus Basin reopens this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday, Dec. 3, 9 am to 4:30 pm. Adult lift tickets cost $49 (plus tax). Front side terrain park will be open plus the Showcase run. Deer Point Express and Coach chairlifts, Easy Rider, and Explorer conveyor lifts will be in operation. Go to Bogus Basin social sites for more information. 

Brundage Mountain is opening the Easy Street chairlift on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, from 9 am to 4 pm. Lift tickets are $5. Smoky’s Bar & Grill will be open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm both days, and guests will be treated to 50% savings on all rental gear in the Fall Line Shop. 

Tamarack Resort is opening for a Winter Preview on Friday, Dec. 1 on the beginner hill serviced by the Discovery Chairlift. Operating 9 am to 4 pm. The lift accesses freshly groomed slopes with mini-terrain park features. Lift Tickets are $15 for non-Boundless Pass holders!! The Discovery lift will be open through Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Pomerelle, Pebble Creek and Magic Mountain are waiting for more snow. Ditto for Kelly Canyon. 

Read about all of the improvements at Idaho's Ski Areas for the 2023-24 ski/ride season via SkiIdaho

See a "Sizzle Reel" from Ski Idaho:  https://youtu.be/HCC5uYsfTIQ?si=ne16-b3kATTRotnD

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Steve Stuebner has a big appetite for outdoor fun. When he's not providing snow forecasts for Idaho, Steve works on web videos, press releases, blogs, and social media, with a specialization in natural resources, outdoor travel, and tourism.

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