Significant Snow to Affect the West This Weekend | Snowfall May Reach Double Digits in Some Areas

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Snow forecast across the west. Credit: Tropical Tidbits

A snowstorm is heading for the western United States with the potential to drop significant amounts of snow on higher elevation areas.

Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and Oregon can all expect to see snowfall Sunday through Monday. California will see some welcome rainfall, which could turn to snow at higher elevations.

Temperatures will continue to be unseasonably high throughout this week, Salt Lake City may even see record highs today and Denver record-highs tomorrow, but will start to drop as the weekend approaches.

Snow levels should drop to the
valley floors in far western Wyoming by late Sunday, with snow
levels dropping to around 7000 feet in central Wyoming. It`s a bit 
too early to nail down snowfall amounts where it does snow. 
The majority of the precip will be over by midnight Sunday night, 
but it is possible that many lower elevations could see some snow 
flakes toward morning before the precip ends.

- NOAA Forecast Discussion for Jackson Hole, WY

Looking at the forecast model above, areas of northern Colorado and northwestern Wyoming could see snowfall accumulations into double figures.

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Likelihood of snow exceeding 0.25 SWE Sunday into Monday. Credit: NOAA

However, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this storm, so it’s difficult to nail down specifics right now. We’ll keep you updated as the week progresses and we can be more exact.

Whatever happens though, it will get cold, and it will snow. Last year, Arapahoe Basin won the #RaceToOpen, spinning their lifts on 11th October. Could we see a repeat this year?

NWS Forecast Offices Info:

Credit: NWS Reno
Credit: NWS Sacramento
Credit: NWS Pendleton Oregon
Credit: NWS Denver/Boulder
Credit: NWS Portland Oregon

Credit: Treasure Valley Weather HQ

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