SnoCast: Big Storm for the East; Waves of Snow Out West
According to Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast, we should be ending our six-week stretch of remaining winter, but Mother Nature has other plans with ample snow and cold in the cards. Here’s what to expect in this week’s SnoCast.
All eyes are on the next storm that will bring big snow for the northern Appalachians and interior northeast Friday night into the weekend with a cold shot of air to follow. Low pressure digs across the southern U.S. on Friday and swoops northeastward tracking just along or east of the Appalachians by Saturday. This will bring a wintry mix and rain along and east of the track, with heavy snow to the north and west of the track.
Winter storm watches (pre-warning alerts) are in effect in the interior northeast where the heaviest snow is expected to fall.
The southern Appalachians will face a mixed bag, with rain at first, then a wintry changeover later Friday night as colder air follows. A quick 1-3” for the Carolinas and Tennessee, with West Virginia seeing heaviest snow in the southern Appalachians around 3-6”—good news for Snowshoe (WV) and Timberline (WV).
The storm then tracks up the eastern seaboard, bringing heavy snow from central Pennsylvania, most of New York state ski areas, and much of interior New England. Inland areas will get more than a foot of snow in the heaviest zones, so goggles will be essential if you plan to head out in the peak of the storm Saturday. Great news for nearly all upstate New York and northern New England ski areas. We think Whiteface, Titus, Stowe, Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, and others nearby will be great bets.
A quick cold snap will follow the storm on Sunday (bundle up!), as the last of the lingering snow tapers in New York’s Adirondacks, the Greens in the Vermont, and Whites in New Hampshire. Fair weather and moderating temps return Monday and Tuesday, with another quick passing shot of light snow in northern NY and New England later Tuesday night.
A storm system (that eventually becomes our northeast storm) continues to deliver good snow across southern Colorado and New Mexico Thursday-Friday, dropping an additional 6-12” for many ski areas. Watch Taos, Angel Fire, Sipapu, Red River, Wolf Creek, and Monarch for excellent conditions to finish this week. Temps rebound for most of the West this weekend as sunshine and fair weather for all Saturday, and most Sunday.
The Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies turn more active by the later half of the weekend as deep Pacific moisture streams in. There is a fair amount of uncertainty still, so keep watching the forecasts. Early indications are that a quick 3-9” are possible in the Cascades through Sunday, and as much as 2-6” in the peaks of Idaho, western Montana, northern Utah and western Wyoming. A brief break early Monday, before another stream of moisture sets up again Monday-Tuesday from the Pacific and interior Northwest--though snow levels will be a bit higher with this round. Lower elevations may be wet, while highest peaks of the Cascades, Canadian and Northern U.S. Rockies see more heavy snow.