SnoCast: A Fickle Finish to February
Following big snow in the Southwest and Four Corners, a storm will work across the country and deliver fresh snow to many Northeast ski areas to finish the week. With new powder all around, let’s dig into this week’s SnoCast forecast.
After a spring-like day on the slopes Wednesday and a brief lull in activity Thursday, a complex storm system presses across the East Thursday night to Friday. The storm center travels northeastward from Tennessee to Pennsylvania, then takes turn due east and cuts across Long Island and southern New England. Snow will fall on the north side of this track.
In areas that remain all snow, a solid 6-12” of snow is expected from Western and Northern New York, and through northern New England. Localized higher amounts near and over a foot are possible in New York's Adirondacks and southern Green Mountains of Vermont. Many along and south of the low track will deal with a mixed bag of sleet, snow, some ice, and rain, making for a messy system through Pennsylvania and southern New England.
Best bets will include pretty much any ski area across the snow zones (pick your favorite).
The weekend will clear out for the northeast on Saturday, with a return of light snow showers both Sunday and again later Tuesday with two weak systems tracking through the Great Lakes to northern New England. A light coating is possible with each.
It’s been an awesome stretch for the west, albeit pretty darn cold. That cold delivered some much needed and welcomed snow for our western mountains, including some healthy 1-4 foot totals in the Southwest and southern Rockies. Check out the latest reports as they continue to come in on our Snow Reports page, and search by region.
24 hours of snow (with more on the way!) pic.twitter.com/JtS10TqJZX— Aspen Snowmass (@AspenSnowmass) February 24, 2022
Looking ahead, temperatures will finally start to moderate for the West after a bitterly cold week. More comfortable conditions will grace the slopes with a few less layers needed by the weekend.
While most areas remain dry, the next storm system for the West develops in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia Sunday through early next week. This pattern will bring periods of snow across the Washington Cascades, Coast range, and interior northwest Sunday through at least Tuesday, before drifting into the interior West by mid and late next week. While early to pinpoint totals, early indications point to a foot or more possible in the higher northwest peaks.
The 6-10 day outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, covering the first week of March, shows a milder pattern across most of the country. Most areas remain drier than average with the exception of the northern tier- perhaps some good news for our Midwest ski areas to bring in March. We’ll keep you posted in next week’s SnoCast.