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A Snowy Start To Fall…

30 Oct 2013, 11:47 am

If you’ve been following us closely here on WeatherNation, you’ve probably noticed we’ve talked an awful lot about snowfall, of late.

That discussion, combined with quite a few snowy pictures I’ve seen, prompted me to want to delve a little bit further…

First – take a look at this GORGEOUS shot out of Jackson Hole, WY:


Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY: Top of the Tram
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, WY: Top of the Tram


Isn’t that amazing?  I love it.

We spoke with the communications manager, Anna Cole, of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort – and had quite a great exchange.  I was trying to learn the answer to my question: Is it early for this much snow?  Anna had a resounding, yes, as an answer to that.

It’s amazing the amount of preparation that goes into getting a ski resort ready for opening day… and we’ll have more on various openings over the next couple of weeks, as more and more resorts celebrate their opening days!

Doing some research for this blog post, I pulled some snow stats.

Check out the snowfall depth from this time (today), last year:


Snow on this date: 2012
Snow on this date: 2012


Note a couple of things in this picture above.  1) There isn’t much snow yet, even in the Rockies.  2) There was very deep snow in the Appalachians due to the western fringe of Sandy.

Some locations picked up nearly THREE FEET of snow in the ski resorts of the Appalachians.  Crazy, huh?

Well, contrast that to this year’s snowfall as of today’s date:



Look at the difference a year makes!

Many locations in the Rockies are already seeing at least 10-20 inches of snowfall – with snow even extending into the Midwest.

There looks to be somewhat of a lull in snowfall for the Rockies over the next several days, with a new storm system arriving – but not having as much robust moisture to work with as our last system.


3-Day Snowfall Forecast
3-Day Snowfall Forecast


You can see some 3-4″+ totals showing up on the model image from above, but that is about it.

We’ll be watching…

In the meantime, if you’re a skier – time to get those edges sharpened & your bindings adjusted!

WeatherNation Meteorologist Aaron Shaffer @ashafferWNTV


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