White Pass Ski Area in Washington primed for much more snow. (White Pass Ski Area/Facebook)
The Northwest U.S. and Western Canada will continue to gather the most snowfall, while the East gets a light wintry mix with up-and-down temperatures.
Western U.S. & Canada
A major winter storm will bring heavy snow across the Sierras, northern Rockies, and Pacific Northwest through Friday the 26th. Then, a second system will impact the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies this weekend, 27th to 29th.
The first winter storm will leave 6-12” above 3,000’ elevation and 12-30" above 6,000’ from northern California northward to Western Canada. This includes Red Mountain in British Columbia and Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. Lighter amounts of 3-6" will fall across the rest of the West.
Mild high pressure will dry the Southwest U.S. Friday, giving resorts such as Sugar Bowl in California pleasant conditions. Meanwhile, a sloppy (second) storm system will push into the Pacific Northwest Saturday-Sunday bringing strong winds and heavy rain mixed with heavy, wet, high-elevation snow which will last through at least Tuesday.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
The region will be mainly dry through Friday the 26th. Enjoy conditions at Vermont's Sugarbush, Pennsylvania's Whitetail and New York's Holiday Valley. Temperatures will be coolest Thursday, then warming by the weekend as the next weather system approaches.
Saturday a low pressure system will move into the Northeast, pulling in warmth and moisture. Most will experience light rain with this system, but locations in/near Canada have the best chance at snow. Keep an eye on Monday-Tuesday (Jan. 29 - 30) as a nearby coastal storm may help bring light to moderate snowfall to the immediate Northeast. Longer-term, Thursday into Groundhog Day may feature heavy rain/snow for much of the East.
Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.