A break in the action, then more weekend snow.
The wind, rain and high snow levels of Thursday afternoon are now behind us, as the low which cause all the commotion, moves NE into BC and weakens.
The snow level is dropping right now (Thursday night) into Friday. The SL and will bottom out near 1,000 feet on Friday morning, with a cold morning in the teens and 20s in the mountains. Unfortunately, the moisture will taper off Thursday night into Friday morning. I expect (1- 5) new overnight. This will set up some variable snow conditions on and off the groomers for Friday. You may feel some firm or icy spots under the modest new snowfall in places. The weather for Friday will be chilly and mostly cloudy, with a chance of a few snow showers.
The weekend will bring generally low snow levels (2,000 2,500ft) with more snowfall, especially later Saturday and Sunday. Sunday expect moderate to heavy snow much of the day. From late Saturday to Sunday there will be 5-12 of new snow. There may be moderate winds at times and poor visibility but the skiing should be good. The snow will continue to taper off on Monday. Christmas will be mostly cloudy with good skiing.
Its hard to believe less than two weeks ago we were struggling to ski with only two areas open, with almost no snow (6-18 base) but with respectable snow making at Whistler and Crystal. Now all ski area are open with Baker reporting over 100 on top. The Summit will see much more terrain open this weekend like Silver Fir, Alpental and even the tubing center.
Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick meteorologist