Hello: skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and snowflake enthusiasts
Mountain snowfall will continue off and on in the Cascades through late Friday night. A broad, elongated area of low pressure will produce the snowy pattern with moderately low snow levels. Expect the snow level near 4,000 ft on Thursday and near 3,000 feet on Friday. Total snowfall, will be 5-15 for Thursday through late Friday night. More in some spots. Generally, we need 2-5 feet to open. Considering we have very little snow covering the slopes right now, this upcoming snowfall will not be enough for widespread ski area openings. But at least its a respectable start and we have more snow on the horizon.
The weekend will see mostly dry but cloudy weather. A weak weather system later Saturday night and early Sunday will produce a little additional Cascade snowfall.
Later next Monday a new robust weather system will move in with a rising snow level (6,500 ft) producing a rain/snow mix. But the snow level will drop later on Tuesday. There will be 5-10 of new, once the snow level drops on next Tuesday. The most snowfall will be in the central and north Cascades. More storminess will be seen later in the week.
Your Grand Poobah of Powder -- Happy Thanksgiving
Larry Schick - meteorologist
A few ski areas will be opening with limited operation. There is some new snow coverage, but mainly snowmaking is assisting in opening the runs. See the list below. Be sure and check ski area websites for updates.
Silver Mountain will open on November 23rd for scenic chair rides, snow tubing, skiing and boarding, conditions permitting. Expect 5-10 of new snow by Saturday
Mission Ridges snowmaking means Chair 1 will open on Friday, November 23rd through Sunday the 25th to start the 2018-2019 season.
Crystal Mountain will open the Discovery & Chinook Express lifts on Friday, November 23rd through Sunday, November 25th.
Mt. Bachelor plans to open on a limited basis on Saturday, November 24th.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort has announced they will open on Friday, November 23rd, with operations limited to Basin Express.
Whistler opens several lifts and runs on November 22.
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