Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Powder not Corn

Jim Woodmencey, meteorologist
Powder skiing in late May? Well, that might seem like a bit of a stretch, but we are actually accumulating a little snow this week at the higher elevations in the Teton Mountains, above about 9500-ft. the last 24-hours. Snow levels will probably get down closer to 8,000-ft. as overnight temps get down into the 20's at 10,000-ft. the next two nights. Total new snow at 10,000-ft. or higher in the Teton Range could be between 3 & 6 inches by Friday.

This is due to a complicated weather pattern that includes a couple of cold Low pressure systems extending across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies.

Powder this late in the year may not excite you, at all, especially if you were dreaming of maybe one last weekend of spring corn-skiing up high. And for those who would just love to see it all melt and get on with summer, there is some promise of that next week and the week after.

Summer Weather Ahead

We do flip a switch on Saturday June 1st, with at least more spring-like weather over the weekend, plenty of sunshine and temps warming up pretty quickly. High temps at 10,000-ft. get back up into the 50's by Sunday afternoon. Which would turn powder to slush pretty quickly. In the valley, we should see temps returning closer to normal for this time of year, with highs in the upper 60's to around 70.

Beyond that, we should stay close to or slightly warmer than normal for the first week of June. And it looks even more promising for warmer & drier weather in the western US as we go into the second week of June. (See maps below for expected conditions).

14-Day Outlook Maps for June 5 to 11, 2013


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