Utah, Eastern Rockies Set For Weekend Powder; High Pressure Keeping Storms Out Of PNW, Tahoe
Pacific storm systems appear to be fighting through a persistent high-pressure ridge in the Northwest and lining up for a productive latter part of February, especially for the southern Rockies.
An east-leaning system over Colorado should produce powder days this weekend (Feb. 21-22) at Winter Park, Eldora and Snowmass -- and as far south as Taos Ski Valley, according to OpenSnow.com. Flurries should continue through the weekend.
“You're most likely to find the best powder with a potentially long-lived storm starting on Friday and continuing through Monday (Feb. 23),” reports OpenSnow’s Joel Gratz.
In Utah, localized snowfall may top a half-foot, particularly in the Cottonwood canyons of the Wasatch range. Snowforecast.com predicts 11-17 inches at Snowbird for a Friday-Saturday storm. Then, things clear out and warm up well into next week, according to forecasters.
Further west, the double-digit snowfall that came to northern California last week was more than welcome – it was essential to keep some ski resorts open. Open Snow Forecaster Bryan Allegretto sees a couple of cold troughs dipping into the Tahoe area after Friday (Feb. 20) that could put down a couple of inches -– perhaps more in some areas.
Not much news to report in the Northwest except that the high-pressure ridge will keep things dry and sunny for the weekend and beyond.
“High pressure, almost freakishly persistent (have been watching weather for 40-plus years and this is unprecedented) holds across the eastern Pacific and west coast, blocking storms from moving in,” reports Snowforecast’s Chris Manly. “This is affecting resorts from California to north Idaho, so everyone on the west coast is hating this ridge right now.”
Photos: Top -- Eldora is looking for weekend powder like this (Eldora/Facebook); It was a President's Day Pow Party and Winter Park and more is on the way (Winter Park/Facebook)