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By Luke Stone, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 23, 2024

Cold Storm On the Way


Some of the coldest air of the season will accompany a strong storm this weekend bringing heavy snow across the state. The pattern remains active next week with another potentially long-duration storm lasting through the end of the week.

Short Term Forecast

The models remain consistent on a significant and cold storm starting this weekend, bringing some of the best powder of the season. This storm will linger through the middle part of the week. Another strong storm will get cranking on Tuesday night and should keep snow going through the end of the week. Snowy days are ahead. 

Ahead of the first storm, we'll have some snow showers in the northern Cascades on Saturday courtesy of a system tracking north of the region through British Columbia. A few inches are possible by the end of the day.

Storm #1

Our first storm will arrive late Saturday night into Sunday morning. Snow will pick up around sunrise, especially in the north, spreading south through the morning. Snow will continue throughout the day, favoring the northern Cascades, where 5 - 10 in is possible from Mt. Baker through Stevens. Southwest flow will favor Mt. Baker on Sunday. Snow levels will range from around 4k in the southern Cascades to 2k in the north, as a cold front moves through the state throughout the day. 

The heaviest snow of this storm will fall from Sunday evening through midnight as the sharp edge of the cold front pushes through the Cascades. We'll have a wind shift from southwest to west-northwest, and precipitation will become more convective in nature, with a convergence zone possible as early as midnight on Sunday. Another 5 - 10 in is expected by morning across the Cascades.

Moderate to heavy snow will continue on Monday under this cold, moist, and unstable post-frontal environment. With west-northwest winds, Crystal can do particularly well, but all of the resorts should see 3 - 6 in during the day, with snow levels at or just above sea level. Some lowland snow is possible Monday morning and during the day under heavy precipitation, with limited accumulations on grassy surfaces.

Snow showers will then continue Monday night through Tuesday as well, with a few inches possible every twelve hours. Temperatures will start to moderate a bit on Tuesday.

Overall this will be low-density snow, and right side up overall. You can see the SLRs (snow-to-liquid ratios) rising rapidly on Sunday night as the cold front moves through. Conditions will be getting good by the end of the day on Sunday, and a good powder day is expected on Monday.

Storm #2

The models are in better agreement on the second storm, which should bring a return of heavy snow on Tuesday night. This storm will feature a warm front that brings snow levels up through Wednesday, but not too much, likely still remaining around 1k feet below resort bases.

Heavy snow is then expected through the day on Wednesday and Thursday, with significant accumulations, while snow levels remain steady. Another cold front is slated for Thursday night and another cold, moist, and unstable post-frontal environment is expected. Winds may be an issue with this frontal passage, however. This storm should wrap up on Friday. 

Another piece of energy is expected to move through the upper-level low, however, bringing more chances for snow through the weekend. 

Extended Forecast

Looking out a bit further, the models keep an active and progressive pattern across the West. One more storm is possible for the early part of the following week, but it's too early for details. 

Thanks for reading the Washington Daily Snow!

Luke Stone
Forecaster, OpenSnow


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