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SnoCast: All Eyes on a Weekend Nor'easter

SundayRiver_TW_120220 Freshly groomed trails at Sunday River, while many northeast ski areas await a potential nor'easter this weekend (Sunday River/Twitter)

While the northeast watches the forecast closely for a weekend nor'easter, the West soaks in the sunshine and bluebird days. Watch and read this week's SnoCast as we highlight where to find the best conditions. 



All eyes are on a developing nor’easter this weekend, with an expected combination of rain and snow. Depending on the exact track of the storm, it could be feast or famine for snow totals around the Northeast as the storm hooks up the east coastline from the south. Weather models are split on storm track, with the typically-trusty European highlighting a snowier scenario for interior New England Saturday, and the (sometimes more fickle) American GFS model painting a weaker, farther offshore track, which would leave some snow across central New England, but not as much. Watch the SnoCast video above to see the different tracks and what it means for snow. We think, skiers should be prepared “to go” and book that reservation, to potentially catch an epic day should the colder, snowier scenario pan out. Keep a close watch on the changing forecast.

Best bets will likely occur in Vermont, New Hampshire, and northwest Maine with this one, should the snowier scenario pan out with 6"+ of snow potentially. Here's the forecast from the National Weather Service as of Thursday morning- snow totals are subject to change as the forecast develops. 

Weather maps of surface pressure and forecast snowfall for Satuurday 


A somewhat tranquil stretch ahead for the west, with no major storms but still pleasant conditions to hit the slopes. Expect mainly dry and bluebird conditions for most of the interior west through this weekend and early next week. The exception will develop in British Columbia’s Coast range and into Alberta’s Rockies Monday and Tuesday, which will slowly spread into the U.S. Northern Rockies by mid next week.


6-10 Day Outlook

Looking ahead to next week, the east will stay cold and mainly dry through Wednesday, with a milder turn toward later next week (Dec. 10-12). The west remains dry and seasonable through midweek, turning colder and snowier once again, even for the southwest by Thursday into next weekend (Dec. 10-12).


Check back in every week for a new SnoCast through ski season. Also, be sure to check out the latest snow report to see who’s open and read latest safety guidelines and reservations.

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