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By Alan Smith, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 28, 2024

Deep Snow Totals for the Northwest, More Storms Ahead

Summary

A storm delivered 1-3 feet of snow to many areas in the Northwest and Northern Rockies early this week. Another powerful storm will bring heavy snow to the Northwest Wed-Thu, then the storm will deepen southward into California with massive snow totals possible in Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Range. The Northern Rockies will also get hit late this week, and eventually Colorado as well.

Short Term Forecast

Recent Snow Totals Across the Northwest and Northern Rockies:

A major storm produced deep snow totals across the Cascades and Northern Rockies early this week with many areas picking up 1-3 feet of snow. 

Here are some of the impressive snow totals recorded between Saturday (Feb 24) and Tuesday (Feb 27):

  • 32" - Mt. Hood Meadows (OR)
  • 32" - Timberline (OR)
  • 32" - Stevens Pass (WA)
  • 31" - Kicking Horse (BC)
  • 25" - Castle Mountain (AB)
  • 24" - Grand Targhee (WY)
  • 24" - Crystal Mountain (WA)
  • 19" - Revelstoke (BC)
  • 19" - Lookout Pass (ID)
  • 16" - Lake Louise (AB)
  • 12" - Brighton (UT)

Major Storm Cycle Coming Late This Week:

The next storm will bring prolonged heavy snow to an even larger portion of the West late this week and over the weekend. The Pacific Northwest, Sierra Nevada Range, and Northern Rockies are in line for the deepest totals.

Here is a 5-day snow forecast from Wednesday AM through Monday AM:

Forecast for Wed (Feb 28) to Thu (Feb 29):

A powerful storm will impact the Northwest with Washington and British Columbia receiving the deepest snow totals, while Oregon, Northern Idaho, and the Alberta Rockies will also see impressive totals. 

A storm will bring rain to the East on Wednesday, before changing over to light snow showers on the backside of the storm across New England on Wednesday night. The Northern Great Lakes will also see a round of snow on Wednesday. 

Forecast for Fri (Mar 1) to Sat (Mar 2):

The storm will continue to deepen southward along the West Coast with snow lingering across the Cascades and Western Canada. The focus of the storm will then shift into California with monster snow totals (measured in feet) expected across the Sierra Nevada Range including Tahoe.

Southwest winds also transport moisture into the Northern Rockies with heavy snow developing across Southern/Central Idaho and Western Wyoming.

A weaker storm will move across the Southern Appalachians/Mid-Atlantic, but the storm has trended warmer with mostly rain expected and little to no snow.

Forecast for Sun (Mar 3) to Mon (Mar 4):

Snowfall rates will begin to ease across the Sierra early on Sunday, then the storm will quickly swing across the Central Rockies with a round of snow for Utah and Colorado on Sunday. Follow-up weaker storms will bring refills to the Sierra, Cascades, BC Coast Range, and Northern Rockies on Sunday and Monday.

A mild pattern will remain in place across the East with rain showers for some areas, but no snow is expected.

Extended Forecast

Outlook for Tue (Mar 5) to Sat (Mar 9):

A cold and unsettled airmass will remain in place across the West with additional weaker storms possible across both the Northwest and Southwest. Confidence in the details is low, but most major ski regions have a good chance of seeing some refills. The East will remain in an unseasonably warm pattern with a good chance of rain around mid-week.

Thanks so much for reading! Next update on Friday (March 1).

Alan Smith

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Alan Smith

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Alan Smith received a B.S. in Meteorology from Metropolitan State University of Denver and has been working in the private sector since 2013. When he’s not watching the weather from the office, Alan loves to spend time outdoors skiing, hiking, and mountain biking, and of course keeping an eye on the sky for weather changes while recreating.

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