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2004 Roars in Like a Lion Across the West

 January 2, 2004 -  Holiday travelers were challenged, as the third strong storm system moved into the west in a little over a week.   Moist westerly flow coupled with a vigorous upper level disturbance plowed into western Wyoming on New Years Eve bringing 1 to 3 feet of new fallen snow across the western mountains and valleys.  A strong pressure gradient accompanied this storm system allowing winds to whip up, creating near blizzard and white-out conditions.  Winds gusted to as high as 57 mph (~ 9PM @ Jackson Airport) causing numerous roads to be closed, including Teton Pass, and limiting travel on other roads throughout the Jackson and Star Valleys. 

Thanks to the help of our spotters and cooperative observers, we have compiled a list of snowfall totals extending from New Years Eve through Friday (January 2nd) morning.

 
Snowfall Reports
December 31, 2003 - January 2, 2004

*denotes remote SNOTEL site - snowfall determined by weighted water equivalent and average temperature

  Location Snowfall (inches)
 TETON COUNTY  
 Jackson Hole Ski Area 26 to 32
 Phillips Bench * 31
 Granite Creek * 21
 Moose 15 to 20
 Cowboy Village Lodge 18
 Hoback Junction 18
 Grassy Lake 14
 Gros Ventre 14
 Jackson Airport 9 to 12
 Jackson 8 to 10
 Moran (8 miles east) 9
 Darwin Ranch 7 to 8
 Grand Targhee Ski Area 6
   
 Yellowstone National Park  
 Lewis Lake Divide * 31
 Two Ocean Plateau * 30
 Thumb Divide * 29
 Old Faithful 19
 West Entrance 16
 Lake 14
 Sylvan Lake * 13
 Canyon 11
 Madison 11
 Grant Village 10
 South Entrance 10
 Snake River 10
 Tower 10
 East Entrance 9
 Parkers Peak * 9
 Mammoth 8
 Lamar 2
   
 LINCOLN COUNTY  
 Spring Creek Divide * 22
 Blind Bull Summit * 15 to 20
 Alpine 16 to 18
 Kelley Ranger Station * 17
 Smoot 17
 Snider Basin Ranger Station * 17
 Willow Creek * 17
 Fairview 15
 Bedford 14
 Star Valley Ranch 12
 Afton Area 6 to 12
 Cokeville 8
 Hams Fork * 8
 Kemmerer 3 to 5
   
 SUBLETTE COUNTY  
 Big Sandy Opening * 32
 Loomis Park * 18
 White Pine Ski Area 18
 Elkhart Park * 14
 Gunsight Pass * 13
 Kendall * 13
 New Fork Lake * 11
 Cora 6
 Farson 3
 Pinedale 3
 Boulder 2
   
 PARK COUNTY  
 Evening Star * 16
 Sunlight Basin 16
 Blackwater * 13
 Kirwin * 11
 Yount's Peak * 11
 Beartooth Pass 9
 Sylvan Road 7
 Wolverine 3
 Marquette 2
   
 FREMONT COUNTY  
 Deer Park 48
 South Pass * 36
 Hobbs Park * 20
 Townsend Creek * 20
 South Pass City 20
 South Pass City Highway Maintenance Shop 18 to 20
 Togwotee Pass * 16
 Brooks Lake * 15
 Burroughs Creek * 11
 St. Lawrence * 11
 Little Warm Springs 4
 Dubois 2
   
 JOHNSON COUNTY  
 Hansen Sawmill * 5
 Bear Trap Meadow * 2
 Powder River Pass * 2
   
 BIG HORN COUNTY  
 Bald Mountain * 4
 Antelope Butte Ski Area * 2
 Bone Spring * 2
 Big Horn Mountain Resort 1
   
 NATRONA COUNTY  
 Grave Springs * 4
   
 

 

 

 

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