Finally, some fresh snow widespread across the West!

72-hour snowfall

There has finally been some excitement with fresh snow in the west and it’s still snowing in some areas right now. California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico are all expecting more snow through the next 48 hours. More on that below.

Snow fell nicely in the Cascades where up to 30″ fell. Northern Idaho and Montana also got some decent snows over the past 72-hours.

Steven’s Pass from Powderchaser Luke

And we love to see this! The forecast calls for a bit more snow to fall. Here’s a look at the storm we’re tracking.

Courtesy of WeatherBell

The storm is carving it’s way through the intermountain west and it is bringing cold air, high snow ratios, and many ski areas will be benefiting from it. Snow will wind down first in California by Wednesday morning and then by Friday morning for Colorado and New Mexico.

Courtesy of WeatherBell

California, mainly near Mammoth will get the most snow by Wednesday morning. Thanks to a consistent southwest wind, Arizona Snowbowl and Wolf Creek should get some great totals by the time this storm ends.

Winds won’t be as favorable in Utah but there will be enough lift and energy in the atmosphere for snow showers to continue through Wednesday. Up to 9″ could fall in parts of the Cottonwoods and Uintas. Most of Colorado is in the midst of an amazing snowstorm. More than a foot of fresh snow will be found widespread between now and Thursday but areas in the San Juans could expected at least two feet of snow. Wolf Creek is preparing for up to 4 feet of snow totals since the snow began on Monday evening. Steamboat may get a nice refresh but they may not get double digit totals. They are more favored by northerly and northwesterly winds – which isn’t the main wind direction this week.

In New Mexico, Taos could end up with some nice powder by Thursday but the wind direction won’t be as promising for huge numbers like their friends to the north but still, some awesome powder is falling.

Enjoy the powder! We’ll dry out a bit this weekend as a ridge takes hold but by this time next week, another storm looks possible and it could bring some very good snows to areas of California.

Courtesy of WeatherBell

Our next storm which move in for the first few days of March. This could be a great storm for the coastal states as onshore flow and cold air makes for a moist forecast with low snow levels. This storm also has the potential to bring widespread snow to inland areas as well so it could be an all-around great storm.

Get watching and let’s hope the active pattern continues!

Powderchaser Andy 
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