Snow will arrive in the Tetons late tonight, with a few inches dropping, before settling in to dump almost 2-feet on Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. Both resorts will wake up to 2-4″ tomorrow morning, another 12-16″ on Friday morning, then a further 2-4″ Saturday morning. Nice!
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON... * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of one to two feet are possible in the higher elevations, with 8 to 16 inches in the lower mountain elevations. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph are likely. * WHERE...Teton and Gros Ventre Mountains, southern Yellowstone National Park, and the northern half of the Salt River and Wyoming Ranges. * WHEN...From late Wednesday night through Friday afternoon. * IMPACTS...Travel over Teton Pass could become very difficult and hazardous. These conditions will impact the Thursday evening and Friday morning commutes in these areas. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The heaviest snow is expected to fall from sunrise Thursday through Thursday evening. Wind speeds are likely to increase Thursday evening into Friday morning. As a result, travel may be most difficult Thursday evening.
A winter storm watch is in effect from late tonight through Friday afternoon, with the NOAA forecasting snow levels down to 6,000-6,500 feet. The heaviest snow will fall on Thursday.
Snow levels are expected be around 6-6.5K feet during the day Thursday. Winter Storm Watch will continue for the western mountains for 12-18 inches of snow from Thursday into Friday.
Temperatures will remain in the low 20s Thursday through Friday, with breezy conditions, gusts reaching 28-mph.
Both resorts have already had a great start to the season. Grand Targhee has had 93″ of snow to date and has a 46″ base. Jackson Hole meanwhile has received 113″ of snow so far this season and has a 45″ base. This coming storm and the potential for more before Christmas will set both resorts up nicely for the holiday period and allow plenty more terrain openings in the coming days and weeks. Let it snow!
Best days to go skiing for the deepest powder? Friday morning, and Saturday morning. Although the next few days should be pretty sweet whenever you go.