4.20 Snow Before You Go - ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

4.20 Snow Before You Go: Stormy 5 Days for West

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The storm track remains active across the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest over the next five days. But temperatures are on the rise and that means high snow levels. Rain or a rain/snow mix may fall at the base of many ski areas. In the Northeast, the same problem exists with high snow levels.

Colorado, Utah: A sprawling storm system arrives on Thursday and Friday with rain and snow. The snow level will gradually drop as time passes. Moderate to heavy accumulations are possible at the higher elevations. In Colorado, I like Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, and in Utah I like Snowbird. A second storm system is possible by Tuesday of next week.

Wyoming, Idaho, Montana: A storm system is likely on Thursday and Friday with rain and snow. The snow level starts high then gradually drops into Friday. Moderate to heavy snow accumulations are possible at higher elevations. The heaviest snow accumulations appear to be around Big Sky, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. The Tetons in general should do well. A smaller storm brushes the area on Sunday with light rain and snow. A larger storm system is possible between Monday night and Wednesday of next week.  

Pacific Northwest: The pattern remains active with three different storm systems lined up over the next five days. Plan on high snow levels. The best snow accumulations occur on the higher Cascades and volcanoes.  

Whistler/Blackcomb: Three different storm systems over the next five days keep the moisture flowing. Plan on some mixing at the base area.  

California: After some light rain/snow on Thursday morning the pattern turns much quieter as the jet stream shifts north. Moisture returns next Tuesday and Wednesday. Enjoy the spring skiing at Squaw Valley, Mammoth and Heavenly.

Northeast: Three different storm systems over the next five days keep things active. But warm spring temperatures will create rain and a rain/snow mix most of the time. I think the best snow accumulation occurs in Maine and over a few of the higher peaks. 

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