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The First Big Storm of the Season Is Underway in the West

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Start waxing those skis and snowboards, it's snowing in California and most of the west should see some precipitation this week. To the immense excitement (and relief?) of Tahoe skiers, it's currently snowing throughout the Tahoe basin. According to Open Snow's Tahoe forecaster Bryan Allegretto, the heaviest snow will fall today with the snow at lake level, with 1-2 feet falling at the higher elevations. As the storm moves west, the Northern Rockies, the Tetons, and even Colorado should see cold temperatures and double digit snowfall.

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The map above shows the expected snowfall for the west through November 7. See all that pink? That's your snow dreams come true. Most of the big resorts in the west will see snow, with Utah forecasted to receive the smallest amount (around 6 inches). As of Monday mid-day, Heavenly Ski Resort in California is reporting around 5 inches and Washington's Crystal Mountain has picked up 10 inches.

Colorado skiers looking to take advantage of the few resorts that are open should plan on powder on Wednesday and Thursday. Head over here for the forecast for each resort.