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SnoCast: Bursts of Snow and Wintry Chills

skilookout_011922 After a few round of light snow this week, Lookout Pass location near the Idaho/Montana border will see new snow later Thursday (SkiLookout/Twitter)

In this week's SnoCast, we'll see bursts of snow for the Rockies, the Midwest, and Northeast ski areas. And with late-January chilly temperatures on tap, bundle up and hit the slopes during this fairly quiet stretch.



A quick and light shot of snow moves from the northern to central Rockies Thursday through Friday, leaving behind a quick 2-5” of snow for many ski areas.  Locally 5-8" can be expected in the higher peaks of Idaho, Montana, and western Wyoming which is good news for places like Lookout Pass, Schweitzer, and Great Divide. Through Friday night, snow will fall farther south, lingering in the southern Rockies, allowing a few more inches over the peaks of southern Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona into Saturday, great news for places like Wolf Creek, Telluride, and Taos.

Meanwhile, much of the West remains quiet with lots of sun (yes, limited snow), and near average temps for late-January through the weekend. Another pool of cold air sags into the western and central U.S. early next week. This boundary of cold air (front) will allow light snow to push down the Rockies once again. The intermountain west and Pacific coast states will stay mainly snow-free through at least mid-next week.


Following a solid boost in winter weather for the Appalachians and interior northeast earlier this week, the East will stay wintry for the week ahead. A potent cold front will clear the east coast by Thursday, ushering in very chilly air, even by late-January standards. Temperatures Friday will run 10-20 degrees below average for nearly areas, with some as low as 30 degrees below average overnight. Bundle up for turns Friday and early Saturday.

With the exception of the eastern Carolinas (you read that right!), snow will be fairly limited across the East through the weekend. Some light snow shifts through the Great Lakes and New York Adirondack peaks Saturday and again Sunday with a light dusting possible, especially at Wisconsin and Michigan ski areas. 

The next best chance at snow comes Monday for the Great Lakes region with another few inches of snow possible. Then we’ll need to keep an eye on this system as it moves to the northeast mid-next week for accumulation potential.


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