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SnoCast: A Nor'easter and Pacific Northwest Snow Ahead

schweitzer_tw_010122 Schweitzer in Idaho will add 1 to 2 feet of snow Thursday to Friday as a storm plows into the Pacific Northwest (Schweitzer/Twitter)

2022 is off to an incredible start with new snow all around, and there's more to come! In this week's SnoCast, we're tracking a storm from the southern Appalachians to downeast Maine, plus a surge of new snow over the Pacific Northwest and Rockies. Let's dig in.



This week, we start in the East...actually the Southeast! The southern Appalachians at last saw the first significant snow of the season earlier this week, and a second storm is dropping new snow Thursday.

A fast-moving storm will develop in the southeast, dropping fresh snow Thursday and Thursday night over Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, the Virginias. A widespread 2-6” will fall from Cataloochee, Sugar Mountain, Snowshoe, Winterplace, Bryce and all others in between.  This is welcomed snow for the Southeast ski areas!

By Friday, this storm quickly shoots up to the northeast with snow expected for the mid-Atlantic to parts of southern New England. This nor'easter will be *just* far enough off the coast to be called a near miss for most New Englanders, with the heaviest snow setting up from eastern Pennsylvania, to upstate New York, and southern New England, where 2-6” of new snow will fall for most ski areas. It's a fast-mover, and will move quickly up into the Canadian Maritimes by Friday night. 

Seasonably cold air funnels in along with sunshine for all of the East on Saturday. Good nights for additional snowmaking. A front will allow a surge of briefly milder air and wet weather for the southeast Sunday, before colder air and dry weather returns early next week.


In the West, ongoing Thursday snow in the northern Rockies begins to taper through early Friday, but a new storm will brew up over the Pacific Northwest. A storm slides in from the Pacific Friday delivering heavy snow for Washington, Oregon, and Idaho into the weekend with mountains seeing 1-3 feet of snow. A healthy 8-16” will also fall over parts of northern California, Montana, and western Wyoming as the storm spread inland through Friday before tapering off at night. Should make for a great day at most mountains to start off the weekend.

Lingering light snow trails only at the highest mountains and passes of the northwest Saturday with otherwise clearing skies. The entire West can look forward to sun and comfortably mild temps  through most of early and mid next week. We'll monitor the southwest for some light snow returning around mid week. 

Join us again next Thursday for a new SnoCast as we check out weather from coast to coast. 

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