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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 9, 2023

Late-week storm delivers up to 12"; next round 6-8" in N. ID

Summary

The Thurs.-Fri. storm brought a much-needed cool-down and up to 12" of new snow in multiple locations statewide. Silver Mountain has a foot of new for a *pow* day on Saturday AM, while there's 6" of new at Lookout and Schweitzer. The next round of precip is expected to bring 6-8" Sat. PM in N. Idaho, up to 10" at Brundage, 6" at Tam, and lesser amounts at Bogus, Sun Valley, Pom and Pebble.

Short Term Forecast


Silver Mountain has been getting the goods with 20" of new in the last 48 hours at the summit. (Courtesy Silver Mountain)

Notable snow totals over the last 48 hours"

- Silver Mountain - 16-20"
- Tamarack - 12"
- Bogus Basin - 12"
- Pebble Creek - 7"
- Brundage - 6"
- Lookout Pass - 6"
- Sun Valley - 3"

A weaker Atmospheric River (AR) system is approaching Idaho on Saturday, with the most impact expected to occur on Saturday night/Sunday AM. Schweitzer and Silver are forecast to get about 6" Sat PM and Lookout could get as much as 8-10". A Winter Storm Warning is in effect Sat night. 

Brundage is forecast to get significant snow out of the AR storm, perhaps as much as 10" by Monday. Tamarack could get 7" by Monday, and Bogus 5". The brunt of the storm is expected to steer north of Sun Valley, Pomerelle, Magic and Pebble, where less than 4" are predicted by EOD Monday.

The AR system is coming from the tropics, so especially in N. Idaho, temps will be close to 32 degrees by Sunday at noon. Hence, the snow will be on the heavier side. Get there early! Temps stay cooler and snow-quality is expected to be better at Brundage, Tam and Bogus. 

Skies will clear by Tuesday of next week, and a ridge of High Pressure will move over the top of Idaho. Skies are forecast to remain clear and dry weather will prevail through at least Friday.

Extended Forecast

Seeing a possibility of new snow by the end of next weekend or Monday, Dec. 18.

NOAA Climate Prediction Center is predicting warmer and drier than normal weather through Dec. 22, leading up to the Christmas holiday. 



Thanks for reading. My next forecast will be on Monday, Dec. 11.

Announcements

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week. The Bald Mountain Summit is open for skiing/riding. See the Sun Valley Mountain Report for the latest conditions. 25" base. Dollar Mountain opens on Saturday, Dec. 9. Happy Dollar Mountain Opening Day! Quarter Dollar, Poverty Flats, the Magic Carpet, and Mineshaft Terrain Park are all opening on Saturday! Check on the latest events happening at SV.     

Bogus Basin is reopening for daily operations on Friday, with five lifts running on the front side and nine runs open. See more details here. 20" base.

Silver Mountain is operating Friday-Sunday leading up to the Christmas holiday. 20-28" base.

Schweitzer Mountain is reopening on Saturday, Dec. 9 for daily operations. 9-27" base.  

Lookout Pass is closed mid-week and will reopen Saturday-Sunday. 8-16" base.

Brundage Mountain  is reopening Saturday, Dec. 9, with the Easy Street chairlift in operation this weekend. Lift tickets are $5. 12-28" base.

Tamarack Resort is running the Discovery beginner chairlift for daily operations starting on Friday, Dec. 8th at 9 am. Lift tickets are $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. 21" base.

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. 21" base.   

Stay abreast of mountain avalanche conditions in Idaho: 

- Sawtooth Avalanche Center

- Payette Avalanche Center 

- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

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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About Our Forecaster

Steve Stuebner

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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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