Extended forecast shows active weather pattern continues

8-14 Precip Probability

Significant snowfall has been measured across our mountain regions over the past several weeks and many models continue to see this active weather pattern in the extended forecast. So far, we've had measurable precipitation every day this month and, even though we'll see a break over the next few days, more storms are lined up this week and into next.

The forecast shows our next batch of moisture arriving Thursday and lasting through Friday, this will primarily bring rain to the valleys and snow to the mountains, and then additional storms rolling through nearly every day the following week. Below is the latest 8-14 day outlook from NOAA showing the probability of seeing above average precipitation for nearly all of the Western CONUS beginning March 12-18.

The 8-14 day temperature probability outlook is showing that temperatures across much of the Western CONUS could be below average, with much of the Rocky Mountain region remaining neutral, this would include nearly all of Idaho with exception of the far southwest corner showing a slight chance of below normal temperatures.

Does this guarantee that this will happen? No, certainly not. The atmosphere is very complex and there are many aspects of a forecast that can change over the course of 8-14 days. However, we have been under an active weather pattern over the past several weeks and long-range models have been fairly consistent in showing the pattern continues. The atmosphere tends to be very active this time of year as we begin transitioning into warmer months. In any case, the additional storms bringing moisture to the region should be welcomed where we're still lagging in snowpack across the West.

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