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By Steve Stuebner, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 28, 2024

Heavy snow, active pattern through Sunday

Summary

We've been getting the powder goodness since Monday's storm, and another go-round is ramping up on Wednesday, starting with 1-3 feet of new snow in N. Idaho by Friday AM. In Central and Southern Idaho, the brunt of the next storm hits Thurs-Sat, with 18"-24" forecast to fall by Sun AM. Very WINDY conditions are coming with the storm system Wed; gusts to 50 mph in N. Idaho; could be an issue.

Short Term Forecast


A day of the season at Lookout Pass with 16" of new snow at the summit on Monday (courtesy Lookout Pass). Lookout and Schweitzer are forecast to get 1 foot of new on Wednesday, with big winds. Silver is forecast to get 10" by Thursday AM, 20" by Friday AM. Could be cumulative totals of 2 feet by Friday at Lookout and as much as 3 feet at Schweitzer - they are in the bull's eye of this storm event approaching on Wednesday. Bring it! 


Snow rider enjoys the fresh *pow* at Schweitzer on Tuesday. (Courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort)

The Monday storm delivered statewide - 8"-10" in Central and Southern Idaho, 12"-28" in N. Idaho. 

A tight pressure gradient between a Low trough off the Pacific Coast and a ridge of High Pressure to our east is causing the high winds coming with a moist A.R. system that's hitting N. Idaho on Wednesday-Thursday. Hope the high winds don't close lifts, but they certainly could in places. The stormy activity will taper off in N. Idaho by Friday but things remain somewhat cloudy and unstable through the weekend. 

Light snow to partly cloudy skies to sunny skies are happening in Central and Southern Idaho on Wednesday before the next storm system hits Wednesday night - Sunday. A weird warm-up will occur during the day on Thursday as the storm system approaches with the Low trough moving inland and will stall out over the top of Idaho and remain there till Sunday. Snow levels will go high in S. Idaho to 6,000-7,000 feet until Thursday night, and then a cold front comes and drops snow levels to valley floors by Friday. 

Ski areas in Central and Southern Idaho will see new snow every day from Wednesday-Sunday, 3"-6" each day, and it'll pile up by the weekend. Not seeing as heavy of winds with the snow storms Thursday PM-Sunday. Snow totals by Sunday AM could reach over 2 feet at Brundage, 21" at Pomerelle, 19" at Tamarack, 18" at Sun Valley, 17" at Pebble Creek and 10" at Bogus. 


Snow totals forecast through Monday, March 4 look a bit stingy compared to NOAA and OpenSnow predictions. No matter what, we're finishing out February with a powder bang! 

Extended Forecast

More snow and unstable weather is predicted to occur moving into next week, especially in N. Idaho and Central Idaho ... Southern Idaho looks to be drying out by Monday of next week. We shall see. 

Thanks for reading. My next forecast will be on Friday, March 1. 

- 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. 18"-60" 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. 47"-75" 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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