More snow ahead, but snow levels will be on a roller coaster.
Monday will see a warm front with a rising snow level (4,500 to 6,500 ft). The warm front is ahead of a very intense low headed to northern Vancouver Island.
On Monday, as the warm front moves in, the ski slopes will see rain fall on top of the recent new snowpack. In the transition, well see 1-4 of new, with deeper snowfall on the higher elevations. By later Tuesday the snow levels fall to 5,000 ft. Then cooler air moves in on Wednesday and will produce more snow (3-9) with a snow level of 3,000ft
By Thursday snow will taper off with clearing later in the morning. Thursday into Saturday a drier pattern will develop with sunshine at times.
It looks like the current snowpack is about 2 - 4ft plus, but that will shrink a bit with the rain and warmth late on Monday. The rain will not wipe out the snowpack, but only beat it up a bit and then well gain some back. The rain will not destroy the snowpack, but consolidate it creating a solid base for the season ahead.
The snowpack is close to being deep enough to at least partially open for many ski areas. But there are a lot of variables early in the season, especially with Covid limitations and restrictions. Watch for daily updates at your favorite ski areas.
Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick - meteorologist