A major weather pattern change will shift the jet stream further south bringing a good chance of rain and snow to the region between Christmas and New Years Day. Expect accumulating snow in the mountains and rain in the valleys beginning on December 27th.
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOISE ID 548 AM MST MON DEC 26 2011 IDZ011-013-028-033-ORZ062-271300- WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS-BOISE MOUNTAINS-CAMAS PRAIRIE- UPPER WEISER RIVER-BAKER COUNTY- 548 AM MST MON DEC 26 2011 /448 AM PST MON DEC 26 2011/ THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST IDAHO...WEST CENTRAL IDAHO AND NORTHEAST OREGON. .DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED OVER THE REGION TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. HEAVY SNOW IS POSSIBLE ABOVE 5500 FEET.
|Snow Probabilities of 4 inches or more for 12.27-28.2011|
Be mindful that NEW snow will be falling in top of a very weak snowpack.
Pay attention to wummpfs and collapses. Do not ignore avalanches, even small ones at road cuts on your way to your favorite ski touring destination.
The snowpack in our region is heavily facetted and it will be experiencing changes in temperatures and loading (rain, new snow, wind transported snow, total storm snow deposition). Remember, the new NEW snow will become a slab in top of a weak layer of facets.
Snowpacks becomes reactive when experiencing fast strain rates. And this weather change promises conditions that will strain the snowpack.
We will know by next weekend how much backcountry skiing and ski touring will improve with more snow. Below the outlook for the next weekend, if these prediction holds we should see more snow through next weekend.
|6-10 Day Precipitation Outlook|
Dec 31 2011- Jan 4 2012