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SnoCountry SnoCast: February Begins Snowier, Colder in the East

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North Carolina's Cataloochee gears up for a favorable start to February. (Cataloochee/Facebook)

The weather pattern turns much more favorable for winter conditions across the East, while a steady stream of moisture moves into the Rocky Mountains.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

The Appalachian Mountain Range looks best this week with multiple chances for snow, but it will be quite cold. The first cold front will push through Thursday into Friday with a general 4-8” snow accumulation for most areas.

Forecast map Thursday, Feb. 1. Courtesy NOAA/NCEP

Highest snow totals will be West Virginia’s Timberline and North Carolina’s Cataloochee. It will be colder and breezy Saturday, feeling as cold as -30 degrees at summits.

Snowfall forecast through Friday, Feb. 2. (tropicaltidbits.com)

A second cold front will move through Sunday to Monday with another potential of 3-6”, including Vermont’s Burke Mountain. Watch Monday-Tuesday as it may produce a nearby coastal low with the chance at more powder.

Forecast map Sunday, Feb. 4. (NOAA/NCEP)

Western U.S. & Canada

Snow returns to a majority of Rocky Mountain locations this week. The Pacific Northwest and western Canada will continue to get rain and snow Thursday-Friday. Snow will add up to 5-10” below 7,000 feet but 10-18” is possible above 9,000 feet elevation.

Snowfall forecast through Sunday, Feb. 4. (tropicaltidbits.com)

It continues to look good in Canada including Alberta’s Nakiska Resort. Saturday-Sunday and again Tuesday-Wednesday, snow will work through the Rockies. Each event will produce 8-16” above 7,000 feet with a grand total of 15-30” possible for Colorado’s Copper Mountain and Montana’s Whitefish Mountain.

Temperatures to average Feb. 4-8. (NOAA/CPC)

Most of the West will stay warmer than average this week. Meanwhile the Southwest, including California and Arizona, will stay warm and dry.

Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.

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