A moderate storm is on tap for today through Thursday, with a few more rounds of light snow this weekend and next week. Resorts are starting to close for the season and I will provide some of those dates in the forecast.
Short Term Forecast
Time is running out to get your South American turns in. We remain active overall with some weak to moderate storms expected over the next week. Below is the list of the closing dates I've seen so far, courtesy of Powder Hounds.
- Portillo: 10/1
- Las Lenas: 10/2
- Valle Nevado 10/9
- Corralco: 10/9
- Cerro Catedral: 10/15
As I've mentioned before, the series of strong September storms have lead do a great snowpack, and conditions remain good. Below are a few shots from Corralco, who has done pretty well with the light to moderate snow events of the last several days.
Forecast for Wednesday 9/27 - Thursday 9/28
Our next storm for the central zone gets underway this morning, with light snow spreading south to north throughout the day. Snow levels will range from 1200 - 1350 m during this storm. Expect a few cms during the day today with the heavier snow arriving Wednesday night. Snow will become more showery Thursday morning, but by then most Chilean resorts in the central zone should have 10 - 20 cms overnight. The dynamics of this storm will limit snow on the Argentinian side, with only a few cms expected. Further, the storm track will limit snow in the northern zone as well.
Snow showers continue on Thursday with a few more cms possible. Check out the snow forecast from the Canadian model below.
Forecast for Friday 9/28 - Saturday 9/29
Looking mostly dry on Friday and Saturday, with a warming trend. A few rain/snow showers may pop up on Saturday afternoon, but I'm expecting most to stay dry.
Outlook for Sunday 10/1 - Thursday 10/5
Some more light snow is possible for the central zone on Sunday, and may linger into Monday morning as well. Another round of light snow is possible midweek too, starting around Tuesday night and containing through Thursday. One model has this as a stronger storm, but at the moment it is the outlier. I will keep an eye on that moving forward. That's all for today.
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