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SnoCast: Big Snow, Cold Incoming for the West

LovelandSkiArea_via-Dustin-Schaefer_TW_110320 After a mild week for the west, a huge plunge of colder and snowier weather lies ahead, including for Loveland Ski Area in Colorado (Dustin Schaefer via Loveland Ski Area/Twitter)

This week’s weather will feature very different weather across the country. While the east deals with much above-average temperatures, a winter-like chill and snow take over the west.



For the west, a colder and snowier pattern takes shape this week. Beginning Friday, a large trough digs in from the Pacific Northwest, then engulfs the entire west by Sunday and Monday. This will bring seasonably cold temperatures, and ample mountain snow all around the west, leaving almost no state’s peaks untouched.

The forecast model below shows general snow placement, though it's important to remember actual totals will vary. The heaviest snow will likely occur in B.C.'s Coast Range with 15-30 cm+, California’s Sierra Nevadas with 6-15"+, Colorado’s southern mountains with 10-24”+, and Montana with 8-18” or more generally through Monday-- though all areas will have local variation. 

Big snow winners this week will likely include WhistlerWolf Creek, Purgatory, Heavenly, Mammoth, Whitefish, Great Divide, and Arizona Snowbowl.

The pattern remains into next week with storms frequenting the west. 2 more system drop from British Columbia to the interior Rockies Tuesday-Wednesday (Nov. 10-11) and again Friday-Sunday (Nov 13-15) (snow potential not pictured).



In the east, warm and mainly dry weather just doesn’t want to let go. After an impressive bout of snow after Halloween from the mountains of Maine to West Virginia, a large ridge of high pressure builds in this weekend and dominates through next week. While not great news for the ski areas, you will be able to get out and enjoy more beautiful late fall days. Looking ahead, it seems this warm pattern persists through at least the 8-14 day outlook next weekend. So for now, let’s enjoy the snowy views that occurred in the east just after Halloween.

We’ll catch you each week for another edition of SnoCast throughout this winter season. For now, think snowy thoughts, and keep up with this active forecast!


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