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Another blast of snow is headed to the Cascades on Thursday. Youll be skiing in snow much of the day with a low 500 ft snow level. The low snow levels will produce high quality snow - cold and dry. The light fluffy snow will easily blow off your clothing. The temperatures will warm a bit but will remain chilly in the teens, lower 20s while it snows most of the day in the Cascades. Visibility could be a challenge with blowing snow and occasionally high snowfall rates.
BTW be careful on the drive up and back. Many lowland roads are packed with snow, ice and inexperienced snow drivers. New snow in the lowlands will be 1-3. Also, give the plow drivers a break they are trying to clear it out as best as they can.
The storm will arrive overnight tonight (Wednesday night). We are now seeing the clouds increase ahead of the storm. The thickening clouds will produce an interesting sunset late this afternoon. Timing for the beginning of the Cascade snowfall is little tricky, as the storm will move north to south, with the snowfall beginning after midnight.
Baker will have a few inches by morning, where Crystal and White receive a trace to 2 when you arrive. However, the snow will be on the increase on Thursday morning. All ski areas will have moderate to occasionally heavy snow through the day on Thursday, as the teeth of the storm is in progress. Expect to ski in snowstorm conditions all day. Deepest snow will be Stevens to White. Note: wind could be a problem at the ridgetops with blowing snow causing lift pauses or closures. Total snow from Thu AM to Fri AM will be 6-12 of true, dry powder snow in the white room with cold smoke powder.
Early Friday morning the snowfall will end, with partial clearing and better visibility and less wind as the storm moves southward into Oregon. I like Friday with excellent new snow from the exiting storm and fantastic leftover pow off-pisteand youll see smokin smooth groomers which hum with your first tracks on the corduroy.
Saturday the snow level will edge upward. Not too much, to about 2,000ft. There will be some light snow at times, but not much (trace-2) as we are brushed by a weak storm. Sunday will see increasing snow late in the day and especially into Monday (5-10 SL 1,500 ft). Powder alert for Monday a fine ski day. Holiday crowds will have diminished and snow will be wonderful.
Snowpack is well above normal, so off-piste is well covered. Hope you are enjoying the holiday on the slopes and staying warm.
The Grand Poobah of Powder