Snow finally set to fall in Washington mountain passes, as resorts prepare to open doors
While late November and early December typically mark the start of the snow season at Washington’s mountain resorts, skiers and snowboarders have been disappointed by dry conditions. That’s coming to an end Wednesday, with snow expected at Snoqualmie, Stevens Pass, and more.
“At long last, a respectable autumn storm will smack the region today,” said Seattle Weather Blog’s Justin Shaw on Twitter.
A winter storm warning for most of Western Washington’s mountain passes will start at 1 p.m. Wednesday, and end Friday at 10 a.m. This will likely make travel difficult, with “heavy” snow expected.
That could produce upwards of two feet of snow at Stevens, and four feet at Mount Baker, giving skiers and snowboarders the snow they’ve been waiting on for weeks. That would also end a dry period that’s seen snowpack in the mountains at one-third of what it typically is this time of year.
Mount Baker Ski Resort expects to begin early setup soon, with “a good possibility of opening as early as the middle of next week,” depending on how the weather unfolds in the coming days.
Things are a little more uncertain for The Summit at Snoqualmie, with no current estimate as to when the resort plans on opening its doors for the winter season.
“We’re not open just yet, but the forecast is calling for a decent storm pattern to roll through later this week,” The Summit’s website reads. “Opening is always dependent on natural snowfall, so opening day varies season to season.”
Stevens Pass is in a similar holding pattern as it awaits this week’s snowfall.
“Calm before the the storm,” it teased on Twitter. “Anyone checked out the forecast lately? Get stoked… it’s looking righteous.”