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SnoCast: Cold, Snow Ahead for the Slopes

JacksonHole2_tw_012921 Jackson Hole, Wyoming picked up 3 feet of snow last week. With much more snow in the forecast, Jackson Hole will pass 300

 

A large pool of bitter cold air seeps into the US from Canada this week, affecting the weather from coast to coast. Here’s what to expect on the slopes.


Map of temperatures compared to average in the US (tropicaltidbits.com)

Map of Storm tracks to watch for new snow this week

East

A powerful cold front brings snow through the Great Lakes Thursday, then through the Northeast Friday. A general 2-4” of snow, locally near 6”, will fall in Wisconsin and Michigan, as well as the northeast,  followed by a bitterly cold west-northwesterly flow. Some lucky ski areas just east of the Great Lakes will revel in persistent lake effect snow, with locally 6-12” east of Lake Michigan, Erie, and Ontario. Others, particularly in the Midwest, deal with bitterly cold temperatures that will struggle to get above zero each day on the slopes, and dipping dangerously cold overnight between -10 to -30. Grab those layers before you hit the slopes.

Snow forecast map for the East through Sunday morning, February 7 (NWS/NOAA)

The good news in this pattern? There will be ample cold in place across the East to bring snow should any storm system develop next week. Forecast models have hinted at a a storm running up the east coast Sunday-Monday, but (as of Thursday morning) it's a very close call. It could be either a glancing pass by, or if it hugs close enough to the coast could be another 6"+ snow for parts of the northeast. With a similar cold pattern holding through next week in the east, keep your eyes on the forecast often for changes.

A skier swooshes through freshies at Mount Snow after a nor'easter dumped near a foot this past week (MountSnow/Twitter)

West

The same cold affecting the East, also skirts the West, bringing cold from western Canada down the Rockies. This setup creates a persistent northwest flow, that will squeeze out heavy snow in the Canadian Rockies, and then the mountains of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and at times to Utah and Colorado through this weekend. In the higher peaks of the favored northwest facing ranges, 1-2 feet of snow will fall.  The Pacific Northwest also drags in moisture, allowing localized heavy snow in the Washington Cascades. Just like the east, however, temperatures will also be quite cold at the peaks this weekend and into next week in the Rockies, with the coldest temps arriving early next week. Layer up!

There are so many best bets this week with the new snow. Be sure to check out the latest snow report to see conditions and safety guidelines to pick the best mountain for you.

US snowfall forecast maps through Sunday morning, Feb 7 (NWS/NOAA)

Best bets outlook exclusive to SnoCountry SnoCast

 

Oh! And incase you missed it, our little buddy Punxsutawney Phil predicts 6 more weeks of winter. While I'm not one to put stock in a rodent for weather info, I'll accept his prediction to have more days like these (photos) ahead. 

Check back in every week for a new SnoCast through ski season. 

 

 

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