SnoCast - Final Storms of 2019 Deliver Big Snow
As we approach the final days of 2019, we'll have a pleasant mix of snow days, sunny days, and mild days to take in all that the weather has to offer on our favorite ski trails.
An active weather pattern will prevail for the western U.S. through the final weekend of 2019. A potent storm will dig into California and the southwest Thursday and Friday (Dec 26-27). This will allow widespread snow to fall across the southern mountains in California and dig deep through the Southwest in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. Look for 1-3 feet in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains in southern California, and 6-12” in the southern Sierras to finish by Friday. Through Friday and Saturday, 5-10” will fall for most mountains from Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Colorado, with locally much higher amounts, over a foot, at the highest peaks. Best bets: China Peak, Mt. Baldy Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, Sunrise Park, Taos, Wolf Creek, Telluride, and Purgatory.
Meanwhile, 2 other systems bring snow from British Columbia’s Coast Range to the Washington Cascades and the northern Rockies Friday through the weekend. Generally, 4-10” will cushion trails from British Columbia to Idaho, with locally higher amounts at the highest peaks. Best bets: Whistler Blackcomb, Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, and Silver Mountain.
In the east, a large ridge of high pressure (and, therefore, calm weather) will prevail for the final weekend of 2019. A weak system will skirt the edge of that High Thursday, allowing a few flakes across northern Minnesota, and perhaps northern New England by Friday. A second, stronger system will eject out of the Rockies and bring snow and high wind to Minnesota again by the weekend, with an additional 4-8” expected. This storm will make the forecast challenging for the northeast to finish the weekend- if it stays cold enough, New Hampshire, Maine, and Quebec get good snow by Sunday and Monday. If it’s warm, we may have to deal with a mixed bag…keep an eye on the forecast getting closer in. Look for a much colder turn to follow this storm, and a better shot at snow, right around the turn of the New Year for far northeast and New England. Best bets: Lutsen Mountains, Giants Ridge, Bretton Woods, Mont Sutton, Loon Mountain, and Bigrock Mountain
Check back in next Thursday as SnoCast highlights the forecast for the first weekend of 2020!