Winter is not over! We are looking at fine weekend of skiing with new snow, but we must get through an unsettled Friday.
An intense low will move just off the coast on Friday with unusually strong winds right on the coast (50-60mph plus), moderately strong around Puget Sound (30 to 40). In the Cascades it will be noticeably breezy, but not over the top - mainly in the 20-30mph range. The attached weather front is the cause of the unsettled weather and snow in the Cascades on Friday.
There will be a 5000 ft snow level on Friday with rain/snow mix on the lower slopes and snow above. Don't expect a ton of new snow, but a respectable 3-7" of new snow will be seen above 5000 ft, mainly later in the day. Friday will be a transitional day, with the best snow and skiing slated for the weekend.
By Friday night the winds will ease, the snow level will drop (3,500ft) and snow will start to fall on the lower slopes into Saturday morning (2-5").
Saturday the snow level will bottom out at 2000ft - so that is good, with respectable new snow in the morning and through the day. There will be with occasional snow showers (2-4") during the day on Saturday. I like Sunday with more sunshine, a chance of a few snow showers and the snow level remaining low, about 2000ft. It will feel more like winter, than spring. Bundle up!
Expect more storms with a rain snow mix on the lower slopes next week.
Your Grand Poobah of Powder
Larry Schick, meteorologist