Idaho Daily Snow
By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 5, 2023
The AR event is pounding the Idaho Panhandle Tuesday-Wednesday, with 1.5-3" of liquid precip. Snow levels will come crashing down to 3,000-3,500 feet by 1 am Thursday statewide, and a significant storm will drop over 10" of fresh snow through Friday. Temps will remain cool over the weekend and a second storm will bring more snow Sat-Sun.
Short Term Forecast
Stoke level was high at Pomerelle on Sunday with over 10" of new snow to ski/ride after they got the road plowed and the lifts running. Pomerelle will be operating on weekends, Fri-Sun, till Dec. 22. (photo courtesy Pomerelle)
Break out the umbrella and hip boots in the Idaho Panhandle, as the AR system is dropping major amounts of liquid precip on Tuesday-Wednesday before a cold front provides relief late Wed. night/early Thursday morning, and snow levels drop below ski area base levels. Schweitzer is closed on Tuesday because of the rain, and Silver and Lookout are closed until Friday (L.O. may reopen Thursday, according to the web site). A flood watch is in effect until Wed. night.
In Central and Southern Idaho, skies are clearing during the warm-up, so the mountains south of the Salmon River are largely missing the AR event.
A Low Pressure trough will move inland by Wed. PM/Thursday AM. It'll be centered over the state of Idaho on Thursday and Friday. A cold front will drop temperatures in the wee hours of the night and by Thursday, it'll be all snow statewide. About 7-8" of new snow are possible during the Thursday/Friday storm at Schweitzer, Silver and Lookout.
Brundage and Tamarack are forecast to get hit the hardest by the Thursday-Friday storm event, with 15-20" max forecast by EOD on Friday. Bogus is expected to get 9-10," and about 6" are forecast for Sun Valley, Pomerelle and Pebble Creek. The storm hits Pom and Pebble a little bit later on Friday.
There will be a pause from the precip on Saturday morning, and then a second wave of snow is predicted to fall Sat PM/Sunday in Central and Southern Idaho, with 4-6" possible. N. Idaho ski areas also will get hit by the Sat PM/Sun storm, with similar amounts forecast.
Good to see our mountains cool down and get more snow on the heels of the AR system and warm-up in the first part of the week. Kind of messy, but that's OK, we're building the base!
Temps are predicted to cool-down by next week into the colder-than-normal range. Seeing less precipitation forecast 7-10 days out.
Take a look at our snowpack statewide after the major snow storms over the weekend. Snowpack levels increased from the 40-60% of normal range to what you are seeing below. Let's keep it going!
(Courtesy USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Silver Mountain is operating Friday-Sunday leading up to the Christmas holiday.
Schweitzer Mountain is closed due to heavy rain in N. Idaho. Stay tuned on the web site or social pages for information on reopening.
Lookout Pass is closed mid-week and will reopen Thursday or Friday.
Bogus Basin is closed mid-week and will reopen this weekend.
Pomerelle is closed mid-week and reopens Friday-Sunday this weekend.
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/
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