Weekend system bringing snow to Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies

A trough of low pressure moving across the Northwestern U.S. is bringing snow to portions of the Cascades through the Northern Rockies.  This will likely be the last significant system in this area for quite some time before an unusually persistent ridge of high pressure develops over the Western U.S.  For the most part, snowfall amounts have been rather modest, except for Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades of Washington where 29″ of snow has fallen in the past 48 hours.  Mt. Baker Ski Area is known for its incredible snowfall – it holds the world record for snowfall in one season, when 1,140″ of snow fell in the winter of 1998-1999!  Here are some of the preliminary snowfall totals so far across Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Preliminary Snowfall Totals December 2-3, 2017:

  • 29.0″ – Mt. Baker Ski Area, WA
  • 11.0″ – Brundage Ski Area, ID
  • 9.0″ – Mt. Spokane Ski Area, WA
  • 9.0″ – Schweitzer Ski Area, ID
  • 8.0″ – Meagher County, MT
  • 7.6″ – Custer County, ID
  • 7.0″ – Banner Summit, ID

The storm system is currently moving across Wyoming and will eventually spread into the Dakotas and Minnesota through Monday December 4.  Here is a look at the current NWS Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories as of Sunday afternoon December 3.

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