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SnoCast: Bursts of Snow Lead Into Thanksgiving Week

Snow machine fires snow at Whiteface Mountain, NY on Nov 18 (Whiteface/Twitter) Snowmaking opportunities continue in the Northeast, including at Whiteface Mountain, NY, where temperatures will be cold enough at nights. (Whiteface/Twitter)

As many ski areas target opening dates, we head into Thanksgiving week with few shots of snow for both the east and west.


Coming off a very snowy, active stretch, the west will feature various bursts of snow after a generally quiet, yet gorgeous weekend. A small burst of light snow develops in the Colorado Rockies Saturday with snow amounts of 2-6” possible. Then, look to the Pacific Northwest and western British Columbia for bouts of heavier snow incoming Sunday-Tuesday. Snow amounts will generally range 3-9” for the Oregon Cascades and Idaho mountains, with heavier totals of 10-20”+ over the Washington Cascades and B.C.’s Coast Range through Tuesday, with additional light totals as the storm tapers over the northern intermountain west through Wednesday.

Best Bets: Keystone, Big White, Loveland

Forecast model (GFS) of accumulated snow for the Northwest U.S. and western Canada through Tuesday (TropicalTidbits.com)



For the East, we’ve just come off of a welcome chilly snap, allowing many ski areas to fire up the snow machines. Upcoming weather will feature generally pleasant and mild weather through this weekend. A slug of moisture creeps northward by Sunday-Monday, allowing a brief burst of snow on the northern edge of otherwise rain from Michigan to southern Quebec. Though totals will be minimal, colder air settles in again Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights offering up enough chill for overnight snowmaking. Another storm likely brings a snow/rain mix before Thanksgiving with details TBD.

Best Bets: Killington 

Corduroy snow at Killington Mountain (KillingtonMtn/Twitter)


6-10 Day Outlook

The outlook for Thanksgiving into the holiday weekend to follow (11/24-28) features generally tranquil weather with mild temperatures in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, near average overall for the West, and eventually turning colder by the weekend (11/28-29) for the Northeast.

6-10 day temperature outlook indicates a near average stretch for the northeast and most of the west, while mid country and Great Lakes stay above average (PivotalWeather.com)


Be sure to check back in every week for a new SnoCast through ski season. Be sure to check out the snow report to see who’s open and get up to speed on latest safety and reservations guidelines.

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