Idaho Daily Snow
By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 7, 2023
A Low Pressure trough and cold front are moving inland from the Pacific Coast into Idaho on Thursday, sending snow levels crashing down to 3,000 feet. Thank Goodness! Winter Storm Warnings are in effect with heavy winds in N. Idaho and at Pomerelle and Pebble, and substantial snow is forecast in most locations, with over 8-10" predicted to fall through Friday. More light snow Sat-Sun.
Short Term Forecast
All smiles at Brundage Mountain on Sunday with the surprise opening of the Bear Chair and fresh *pow.* Brundage had 1-3" of new snow overnight, and 7-13" is forecast through Friday EOD. (Courtesy Brundage Mountain Resort).
Glad to see the warm AR system exit Idaho, moving on to the east, while the cold front and Low trough will move squarely over the top of Idaho on Thursday-Friday and dump significant snow statewide.
After receiving copious amounts of rain mid-week in the Idaho Panhandle, it'll be all snow on Thursday-Friday, with 4-8" forecast at Schweitzer, 7-12" at Silver and 7-15" at Lookout through Friday EOD. Temps stay cool throughout this storm event. Windy conditions in the 20-25 mph will prevail with the advance of the storm system, with gusts into the 30 mph range.
Brundage, Tamarack and Bogus Basin will get nailed with 6-12" of new snow by EOD Friday, with breezy conditions but not gale-force winds.
It'll be more blizzard-like at Pomerelle, Magic and Pebble, where heavy snow is forecast in the 8-16" range, and winds in the 30 mph range, gusting into the mid-40 mph range on Thursday and Friday. 6-12" is more likely at Pebble. Kelly Canyon should get hit by this storm as well with snow levels at the valley floors.
It'll be stormy and windy in Sun Valley, but due to a westerly flow, not as much snow is expected ... 3-5" max by EOD Friday.
A second storm system will move through Idaho on Sat-Sun with less snow expected ... more in the 2-4" range in Southern Idaho and 3-5" in N. Idaho.
Temps will be coldest on Friday night statewide, with some lows in the single digits. It'll slowly warm up by Sunday with the advance of the next storm system, but snow levels should remain below 6,000 feet in Southern Idaho over the weekend and below 4,000 feet in N. Idaho.
Weather will remain unstable in the first part of next week, and we'll be drying out from Tuesday through the weekend, as things look now.
Thanks for reading ... my next forecast will be on Saturday, Dec. 8.
- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow
Silver Mountain is operating Friday-Sunday leading up to the Christmas holiday.
Schweitzer Mountain is closed Thursday due to heavy rain in N. Idaho. They plan to reopen on Friday. Stay tuned on the Schweitzer web site and social pages for information on reopening.
Lookout Pass is closed mid-week and will reopen Saturday-Sunday.
Brundage Mountain is closed mid-week. They will be running the Easy Street chairlift on Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 am to 4 pm. Lift tickets are $5.
Tamarack Resort is closed mid-week. Tam will open the Discovery beginner chairlift for daily operations starting on Friday, Dec. 8th at 9 am. Lift tickets will be $15 for adults, and kids under 6 years old will ski/ride FREE during limited operations in the early season.
Pomerelle is operating on Friday-Sunday this weekend. Daily operations begin on Dec. 22.
Magic Mountain is opening for the first time this season on Saturday, Dec. 9. They will remain open on Sunday, close mid-week, and reopen next weekend.
Pebble Creek will open the upper mountain on Dec. 16.
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