Idaho Daily Snow

Heads up, there may be fresher snow! Read the latest Idaho Daily Snow

By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 26, 2024

Heidi Ho here comes the snow! 12" *pow* day!

Summary

The first wave of storm activity hit Silver with 11" as of Monday AM and 12"-16" at Lookout while Schweitzer got 2" on Sunday. The storm will hit farther south during the ski/ride day Monday, dropping 5" at Brundage and Tamarack, and 4" at Bogus, Sun Valley, Pom and Pebble. A second Low Pressure trough approaches Idaho mid-week, and it looks potent - 1-2 feet by Thursday/Friday! We shall see!

Short Term Forecast


Silver Mountain snow stake as of Monday morning, Feb. 26. Another 1" is forecast during the day with gusty winds. (Courtesy Silver Mountain)

Windy conditions are forecast on the heels of the storm activity in N. Idaho and with the advance of the storm system hitting Central and Southern Idaho on Monday. Be sure to bundle up!  


Temps will drop rapidly during the day on Monday as the quick-moving storm rolls through Idaho after a very warm bluebird weekend. Monday will be the main event at Brundage, Tam, Bogus, and Sun Valley, while Pomerelle could get more snow on Monday PM before the storm front moves to the east. 

The next big storm comes Tuesday night-Thursday, a Low trough moving in squarely over the top of Idaho mixed with an Atmospheric River and Southwest flow, and again, heavy winds. This one looks even more substantial as it is forecast to drop over a foot to 15" at Silver and Lookout and 20"-30" at Schweitzer by Thursday EOD. 

  
With this gif-map Wx model run through Friday of this week, you see the first Low trough drop over Idaho, causing the precip at the start of the week, and then the second Low could more potent. It's predicted to become stationary through at least Friday, maybe through Saturday, and it'll keep snowing throughout the second half of this week. 

Central and Southern Idaho ski areas should get a foot to 2 feet of snow by Friday, according to OpenSnow and NOAA. OpenSnow is predicting a potential of 3 feet in the next 5 days at Brundage, 2 feet at Tam, 20" at Sun Valley and 11" at Bogus. There could be a warm up on Thursday as the system rolls into Southern Idaho, but a cold front will drop snow levels quickly after the leading edge of the storm moves across the state. That all sounds really positive for substantial snow. 

Extended Forecast

The active storm pattern should last through Saturday, and then it looks like we could be drying out a bit as we move into the first full week of March. We'll see more definition in the days ahead. 

NOAA Climate Prediction Center just issued new 8- to 14-day forecast maps, looking ahead: 

 

Colder than normal, for good snow-retention, and near-normal precipitation, looking ahead to March 10th. That's a good way to start March! 

Thanks for reading! My next forecast will be on Wednesday, Feb. 28. 
- Steve Stuebner, Idaho Daily Snow 

 

Announcements

Sun Valley is operating 7 days a week. See the Sun Valley Mountain Report for the latest conditions. 72" base. 11 of 12 lifts running, 109 of 114 trails open. 

Wood River xc ski trails are open in the upper valley and Galena Lodge. See the latest grooming conditions here

Bogus Basin is open 7 days a week. See more details here. 64" base. Night skiing is open 7 days a week. Bogus Nordic trails are open. 9 of 10 lifts in operation, 71 of 93 trails open. Bogus has announced it will install new new fixed-grip quad chairs this summer to replace the Coach and Bitterroot lifts. See more at bogusbasin.org. FYI: Spring season pass sale starts on Friday, Feb. 23rd and runs to March 3. 

Schweitzer Mountain is open for daily ops. 27"-64" base. 9 of 10 lifts running, 89 of 92 runs open, 3 of 3 parks. Nordic trails are groomed and open. All backside lifts and Outback Bowl are open. 

Silver Mountain is operating 7 days a week. 37"-66" base. Chairlifts 1-4 open; 64 trails open. 

Lookout Pass is open 7 days a week. 15"-54" base. 4 of 5 lifts running, 49 trails open.  

Brundage Mountain  is open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding, 7 days a week, all lifts in operation. 46"-70" base. 68 of 69 trails open. The McCall Winter Carnival will run from Feb. 23-25 this year. Click on the link for more information and schedule of events. 

Tamarack Resort is open 7 days a week. Wildwood lift has reopened. 56 runs open, 6 lifts, 2 parks, 64"-69" base. See more at Tamarackidaho.com. Snowfort music festival will happen at Tamarack on March 1-2. More information: https://treefortmusicfest.com/snowfort-2024/. Tam is dropping prices to $299 for a 4-season boundless pass, sales are on now from Feb. 23-March 3. Great deal! 

Lost Trail Ski Area on the Idaho-Montana border near Salmon is operating Thursday-Sunday. 45-50" base, 5 of 5 lifts in operation, 69 of 69 trails, 2 of 2 parks.  

Soldier Mountain near Fairfield is open Thursday-Sunday.  

Pomerelle is operating daily. Night skiing is open. 65" base. 3 of 3 lifts running, 32 of 32 trails open. 

Magic Mountain is operating Thursday-Sunday.    

Pebble Creek is operating daily, 31"-68" base. 44 trails open. 

Kelly Canyon is operating Thursday-Sunday. 

Gateway to Kelly Canyon a new snow-tubing park near Heise is also open daily. 

Stay abreast of mountain avalanche conditions in Idaho: 

- Sawtooth Avalanche Center

- Payette Avalanche Center 

- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

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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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