Massive storm buries Northwest, Rockies

Posted by Tom Horrocks
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Stevens Pass

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. 

Elsewhere in Washington, Crystal Mountain received 41 inches; 49 Degrees North picked up 32 inches. In Oregon, Mt Bachelor and Anthony Lakes each received 29 inches.

The storm then dropped into Utah, Wyoming and Colorado, delivering almost a foot of snow to AltaSnowbirdSolitude, while Jackson Hole picked up two feet over a three-day period. Beaver CreekAspen/SnowmassVailWinter 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 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

Stevens Pass 

Historic 12-hour snowfall at Stevens Pass / Photo Stevens Pass 

Tom Horrocks is marketing communications manager for A former journalist, Tom has written for, Powder, VeloNews, The Rocky Mountain News and Vail Daily.


Rob Eisenson Sunday, 09 December 2012

I have to question the credibility of this report. According to the National Weather Service, Alta in Utah only received only 11 inches from this storm as of this morning...not over two feet as indicated.

GW Wednesday, 12 December 2012

I live in Utah and the truth is we got very little

Tom Horrocks Sunday, 09 December 2012

You are correct Rob. I was looking at the 6-day snow total, instead of the storm total for Utah. I have updated the story.

Steven Wednesday, 12 December 2012

I'm afraid you are also completely incorrect about the snow fall in Colorado, none of those mountains came close to those totals even over several days...

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