Hello skiers and snowboarders,
The good news.... Thursday's snowfall will continue to add to our snowpack which is 80% of the average for many locations. In the photo above our friend Randy Oakley enjoyed some runs at Alpental this past Tuesday.
The bad news is that starting Thursday night and into Friday, snow levels are slowly increasing. With warm air aloft and cold air trapped at the passes, we will get a wintry mix of conditions. Expect some snow along with freezing rain, so travel can become adventurous. Check with DOT, as some of the passes have been closed at times during the last several days. Snow totals are too difficult to estimate for Friday, given the variable snow levels. Snow levels will vary near the surface early in the day for the major passes (Snoqualmie-Stevens-White) and 5000 to 7000 feet elsewhere later in the day. Also, it will be windy early in the day at these passes. However, the inland areas like 49 Degrees North and Silver Mountain will be cold enough for snow.
The main part of the storm track and the associated snow will be to our south. The chances of new snowfall are limited, with snow levels starting at 7000 feet early (lower for the major passes and East Cascades) and lowering to 4000 feet late in the day.
Then, several inches of new snowfall (see map below) during the day on Sunday, with Crystal Mountain getting 4 to 6 inches. Snow levels vary from 3000 to 5000 feet and lower for the major passes and East Cascades.