Pow Alert: The Rockies have a fever and the only prescription is more snowfall

Pow Alert: The Rockies have a fever and the only prescription is more snowfall

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It’s officially spring, but snow conditions are top-notch for much of western North America. It’s snowing on the East Coast, too. The majority of the country will enjoy sunny, bluebird laps this week, with the exception of the Rocky Mountains, where more abundant snow is set to deposit itself.

Please note: All snow total predictions are sourced from OpenSnow.com and reflect the 5 day snow total predictions for this week. Furthermore, this will be the final pow alert for the 2015-16 season. Thanks for following along and have a fantastic spring.

Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

There should be some solid snowfall totals in Idaho by the end of Tuesday, with Magic Mountain expecting 6 to 14 inches by Wednesday morning.

Four to 8 inches is predicted for Big Sky and Bridger Bowl, in Montana, by Wednesday morning, with an additional 2 to 5 inches in the forecast from Wednesday night through Thursday morning.

The big winner in the Northern Rockies will be Wyoming. Hogadon, located in eastern Wyoming, is expected to have 31 to 46 inches of snow by Thursday morning. Dayum. To the northeast, Jackson Hole is looking at 2 to 4 inches by Wednesday morning.

Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

Snow continues for Colorado this week. Central mountains like Aspen Snowmass and Crested Butte can expect 14 to 18 inches from Tuesday through Thursday. The rest of the state is looking at 10 to 18 inches—same upside, lower downside.

Friday morning could be a soft one for New Mexico skiers, with 1 to 3 inches forecasted for Taos Ski Valley.

Snow pounded Utah throughout the day on Tuesday. Totals for Wednesday morning are expected to be 7 to 13 inches for southern resorts like Brian Head. Other ski areas like Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Brighton will probably awake to 2 to 4 inches.

Snowbird March 29 2016

Kaitlyn Hughes enjoying new snowfall at Snowbird on March 29. Photo by Matt Crawley


It’ll be sunny and warm in the Sierra Nevada through the weekend. Enjoy some spring corn, folks. The next chance for snow comes Monday and Tuesday.

Oregon and Washington

Sunny and mild are two words to describe the upcoming week in the Pacific Northwest. Break out the sunscreen and sunnies, it’s time to get that base tan. The high pressure ridge is expected to weaken on Sunday, allowing moisture to move into the region.

Alberta and British Columbia

With the exception of a forecasted 1 to 2 inches at Nakiska in Alberta on Wednesday evening, it’ll be dry for the next week in western Canada.

New England and the Adirondaks

Skiers at Stowe woke up to five inches of fresh snow on Tuesday morning, prolonging what has been a fairly crappy season on the East Coast. The rest of the week will be pretty dry for New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, however, precipitation in the form of the dreaded “r-word” could plague the region on Thursday and Friday. Let’s hope that’s not the case and the East Coast season finishes out strong.

Editor’s Note: As the season pushes into its latter stages and ski areas begin to close, the spring migration into the backcountry will begin. For those looking to score turns in the wilderness this spring, make sure to keep up to date with the latest avalanche forecasts and information via the sites listed below:

Colorado Avalanche Information Center
Sierra Avalanche Center
Central Oregon Avalanche Association
Northwest Avalanche Center
Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
Bridger Teton Avalanche Center
Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center
Sawtooth Avalanche Center
Utah Avalanche Center
Northern New Mexico Avalanche Center
Mount Washington Avalanche Center
Alaska Avalanche Information Center
Avalanche Canada

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