Winter Storms Brings Snow to the Northwest (Ski Resorts Open Early!)
Northwest Wind, Rain, and Snow
Clouds are beginning to build into the Northwest as a winter storm approaches from British Columbia. View from Apgar Lookout Webcam in Glacier National Park this morning.
A powerful storm system will be moving into the area today. Mountain snow ramps up this evening for the Northern Rockies and the Cascades.
Model projected snow totals for the area region:
Ski Resorts are Gearing Up
Images from Aspen Skiing Co
Aspen will be opening November 22. From The Denver Journal : “After announcing last week that the ski resort would open 12 days earlier than scheduled, the Aspen Skiing Co. on Thursday released details about its 2013/2014 season opening. Three lifts, more than 3,200 feet of vertical skiing and riding and more than 215 acres of terrain will mark opening day.”
Whistler will also be opening early. From The Telegraph: “One half of North America’s largest ski area will open this weekend, thirteen days ahead of schedule. Whistler Mountain at Whistler Blackcomb will now open on Saturday, thanks to cold temperatures, intensive snowmaking and heavy snowfall. Five lifts will be in operation and guests will have the option of uploading from the Whistler Village or Creekside gondolas, with three lifts running higher up the mountain. Blackcomb Mountain will open as scheduled on 28 November. A statement from Whistler said: “Thanks to oodles of snow, Whistler Mountain will open 13 days early this season. Whistler is renowned, season upon season, for being the number one ski resort for guaranteed snow – lots of it – and this winter will be no exception.”
Stay tuned here from more updates. This weekend will be packed with weather updates including a huge warm up for the south and east as well as a severe threat from the Ohio River Valley.
Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek