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By Luke Stone, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 24, 2024

Getting Closer

Summary

Today is the day! Snow has returned across the northern Cascades this morning and will continue through the day. The cold, strong storm we've been waiting for arrives later Saturday night and will continue through Tuesday morning. The next storm will be on its heels with snow becoming heavy once again Tuesday afternoon. Snow will linger through the end of the week with significant additional snow.

Short Term Forecast

All systems go for the next storm cycle in Washington. Snow is underway and it may not stop until next weekend. This cycle will feature three to as many as five storms, lasting through the weekend and possibly into the next week. Lower confidence exists for the potential fourth and fifth storms, but there's a good chance we'll see more snow the following week. 

This storm starts warm but temperatures will start to fall pretty quickly on Sunday morning. Snow levels will crash Sunday night, falling below 1k.  This sharp cold front will lead to some pretty strong winds on Sunday and Sunday evening. Winds will start to decrease Sunday night and there shouldn't be an issue with snow quality after midnight. 

I'll continue to break it down into twelve-hour intervals as I did yesterday. Today (Saturday) and Saturday night, expect just a few inches, especially in the north Cascades.

Snow picks up Sunday morning, and even more so in the afternoon, as do the winds. Decent accumulations of 3 - 6 inches are expected by 4 pm Sunday, highest in the northern half of the Cascades.

The heaviest snow of the storm will be from Sunday evening through Monday morning. During this period, the cold front will come crashing through the state, causing a wind shift from southwest to west-northwest. The central and southern Cascades will be favored after that change. Expect 6 - 12 in from 4 pm Sunday to 4 am Monday.

Snow continues during the day on Monday, with another 3 - 6 in by 4 pm. It won't be quite heavy enough for free refills but it'll keep things soft. Snow becomes more showery after 4 pm on Monday, with just a few inches possible by Tuesday morning. Some weak convergence zone action is possible that could bump those totals up a little bit. Below is the latest snow forecast from the National Blend of Models through Tuesday.

Our next storm is already on the doorstop Tuesday afternoon and will bring more heavy snow as early as Tuesday evening. This storm will start cold, warm up a bit through Wednesday, and then cool off rapidly once again Wednesday night.

Overall, snow levels will remain below resort bases, but we will have some upside-down snow happening during the first part of this storm. Still, we should have at least two more powder days on Wednesday and Thursday, with an outside shot for Friday as well. I will get into more of the specifics as we get closer to this storm. 

Extended Forecast

The pattern remains active next weekend and beyond. Another storm is possible around Monday the 4th, but it's too early for any details. The two storms on our doorstep will have a big impact on our snowpack and produce some of the best conditions of the season, so let's focus on those for now.

Thanks for reading the Washington Daily Snow!

Luke Stone
Forecaster, OpenSnow

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