Lull in the action through midday Wednesday before another healthy pulse of moisture and strong winds push into the region for Wednesday night, Thursday, and into Friday. Cooler temperatures and light snow continue through Saturday. Mild and dry conditions return by Sunday and remain in place through the middle of next week.
Short Term Forecast
Update at 2:30pm: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will remain closed until at least Monday, February 13th due to a significant number of downed power poles along Highway 390.
Full statement from JHMR: After receiving updates throughout the day from Lower Valley Energy and assessing resources in Teton Village, JHMR is unable to re-open for the weekend, and the earliest targeted open date at this time is Monday, February 13th. Safety is the first concern, and JHMR is asking for only specific operational staff to come to Teton Village through the weekend. There is also the request for no unnecessary travel to Teton Village through the weekend as another winter storm approaches. Currently Lower Valley Energy has crews working around the clock to reconstruct the power poles. JHMR would like to remind locals that there is no uphill travel at this time, and JHMR is seriously enforcing this policy and asks everyone to stay off the mountain during this incident. The Ticket Office will not open today for refunds, guests are asked to keep tickets and refunds will be managed as soon as possible. JHMR will continue to update with information as it is available on jacksonhole.com and on social media channels. Airline partners, United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines, due to winter weather impacts, they are issuing travel wavers for customers in Jackson Hole. Please contact your airline for details.
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We've had another very exciting past 24 hours, with 14 inches at Jackson Hole and 10 inches at Grand Targhee.
The good/exciting news is that this put Jackson Hole's upper mountain over 400 inches YTD! The bad news as that there has been a major power outage and Jackson Hole Mountain Resort will be closed today, Wednesday, February 8th.
Looking at the 24-hour observations and SNOTEL sites, wind gusts of 75+ mph were recorded on Tuesday night. These very strong winds, combined with a snow-to-liquid ratio of 10:1 (wet/dense snow), will do the trick.
For the rest of Wednesday, we will experience a slight downturn in the action as a flat ridge of high pressure slides across the northern Rockies. But come Wednesday night, another healthy pulse of moisture, along with strong southwesterly flow, will move back into the region. This will ignite off-and-on periods of very heavy, dense snow through Thursday night and into Friday.
Here's a look at the latest European ensemble precipitation forecast for Jackson Hole.
There's fairly good agreement that we'll see an additional 1.5-2 inches of liquid from Wednesday morning through Saturday and this is on the conservative side. Due to the warmer nature of this storm, Jackson Hole (above 8,000 feet) should be looking at 12-24 inches, while Grand Targhee comes in at 8-16 inches. This will very wet, dense snow so get ready for a wild ride and be patient as they work hard to open additional terrain.
The last note about now through Friday morning will be a rain/snow mix below 8,000 feet and mostly likely all rain for the valley floors...
But this will quickly shift as colder temperatures begin to enter the region by late Friday and into Saturday. Cool, northwest to northerly flow will keep light snow in the forecast through Saturday before clear skies begin to prevail by Saturday night.
Sunny skies and mild temperatures will then be the forecast from Sunday through at least the middle of next week. Our full attention will be on the 17/18th and beyond for the snow machine to ramp back up across the West. Besides the pattern shift, I really can't offer any additional details at this time for the second half of February.
Thanks for reading!
1) Find the specific Jackson Hole forecast, webcams, and snow reports here: https://opensnow.com/location/jacksonhole
2) Find the specific Grand Targhee forecast, webcams, and snow reports here: https://opensnow.com/location/grandtarghee
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