There's snow business like snow business

Jackson Hole News&Guide photographer Ryan Dorgan captured this weather-pic-of-the-week on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Colter Bay convenience store in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. The photo captures on camera what meteorologist Jim Woodmencey has captured in statistics.

"When you look around the western United States this past week, the Tetons are doing as well or better than anywhere else in the country for settled snow depths," Woodmencey wrote in this week's Mountain Weather column. "Excluding some of the mountains of British Columbia, the Tetons are right up there with some of the best snow depths in North America right now."

As of Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Rendezvous Bowl site at the 9,580-foot elevation, the settled snow depth stood at 108 inches. That’s deeper than last February on the same date, when the settled snow depth at this same location was 101 inches.

"You may recall last February was record-breaking, as was this January," Woodmencey said. 

Cumulative snowfall for the season as of Feb. 20 was at 406 inches for the season. Last year it was at 387 inches on the same date.

"The big difference between this winter and last winter in regard to snow depths is that the mountains have more this year, whereas the valley has been lagging behind a bit," he said. 

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