Snowy Start to the Week Out West

The forecast calls for plenty of snow out west this week.  Let’s take a look at the different areas expected to see snow.

CO/NM – There is currently a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for southern Colorado and northern New Mexico where 4-8 inches of snow are expected in the mountains while 2-6 inches are forecast at lower elevations.  The snow is ongoing as of this writing and should continue through the early morning hours.  This should help ease the impact on travel as the snow should be finished by morning.

Washington – A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the Cascades and Olympics in Washington state.  The snow should begin tomorrow morning and continue through most of the day on Tuesday.  Snowfall totals could reach as high as a foot.  Snow levels will drop to 4000 ft as cold air moves in behind the front during the day tomorrow.  This will be the first significant snowfall of the season for this area.

Northern Rockies – A Winter Storm Watch is up for parts of Montana and Idaho beginning tomorrow night and continuing through Tuesday.  Snowfall totals could reach a foot or more in the highest elevations.  Below 4500 feet, rain may mix in at the beginning of the event, reducing total snow accumulations to 4-8 inches.

This event should continue southward into Wyoming Tuesday night into Wednesday.  The day three snowfall forecast map from HPC is rather colorful:

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We’ll need to wait a day or two before seeing if this snow extends out into the Plains and Midwest like previous storms.  Still, it looks like an active start to what could be an active week across much of the U.S.

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