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Massive storm buries Northwest, Rockies
A massive winter storm that blew through the Northwest dropped a historic amount of snow on Stevens Pass, Wa. – 39 inches in 12 hours.
“We were blown away by the amount of snowfall that fell (Friday) night,” said John Meriwether, the resort's Planning & Regulatory Coordinator and in-house weather forecaster. “The models all showed significant snowfall of around a foot, but nowhere in the range of three to four feet.”
This was the largest overnight snowfall amount Stevens Pass had seen in recent decades. All told, the storm delivered more than 100 inches of snow to Stevens Pass.
The storm then dropped into Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, delivering almost a foot of snow to Alta, Snowbird, Solitude, while Jackson Hole picked up two feet over a three-day period. Beaver Creek, Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Winter Park and Loveland all received more than a foot of snow over the past few days.
Forecasts are calling for more snow throughout the coming week for the West.
"We'll see a quick storm Monday and Tuesday with a few inches," said Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz. "Then a big storm Thursday through Saturday taking the Southern route and hitting most of Colorado. Should be a good one with 6-12 inches or more for many areas.”
Photos: Top: Stevens Pass scored more than 100 inches of snow.
More than two feet of new snow at Utah's Snowbird / Photo Matt Crawley
Jackson Hole scored in the snow department this weekend too! / Photo Chris Figenshaw
Historic 12-hour snowfall at Stevens Pass / Photo Stevens Pass