While British Columbia and the Alps have enjoyed record-breaking, early-season snow, the Western U.S. has been a little, well, quiet. But no longer. A snow storm has the Colorado Rockies and Wyoming Tetons in its sights, starting tonight. Looking ahead, there’s more good snow news for the end of the month and into early December, according to OpenSnow forecasters. Winter is coming!
Snow in Colorado
We can report that the wind is picking up here in Colorado’s High Country, which is usually a good indicator that a storm is on its way. Tomorrow, OpenSnow forecaster Joel Gratz is saying we’ll wake up to cold temperatures and snow on the ground. Most Colorado resorts are expected to receive three to six inches, but areas in the central and northern mountains may receive up to 10 inches. The forecasted snow and colder temperatures have encouraged many Colorado resorts to open this weekend, including Keystone (Nov. 18) and Breckenridge (Nov. 19).
Temperatures are expected to stay in the 20s and 30s over the weekend, allowing the resorts to blow snow and build up a good base. Next week, Joel Gratz says there are two chances for more snow in Colorado. A warmer, southerly storm may bring snow to the San Juans on Monday and Tuesday of next week, and then a storm during or just after Thanksgiving also looks like it could be in the works.
“The really, really good news…,” according to Gratz, “…is that the atmosphere might be setting up something special for us during the week after Thanksgiving and the first week of December. During that time, the longer-range models are showing consistent cold air and storminess across the west. That could be the time when winter really kicks into gear.”
Snow in the Tetons
OpenSnow forecasters are calling for six to 10 inches at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Grand Targhee. The storm will blow in tonight and is expected to stick around until Friday morning. Like Colorado, another round of snow expected to hit the Tetons next week. This is just in time for Jackson Hole’s opening day, which is Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 24. Grand Targhee is spinning their lifts on Friday, November 18 and this snow storm should make for great opening-day conditions.
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