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SnoCast: Comfortable Mid-February Conditions With At Least Three Storms

Jackson-Hole Bluebird days ahead across the West, including at Jackson Hole in Wyoming (Jackson Hole/Twitter)

Know what I love about this Valentine’s Day weekend outlook? The fact that skiing and riding conditions will be comfy for mid-February, plus we have a few storms (or more) to watch!

Eastern U.S. & Canada

Mild weather conditions will mean a few less layers needed on the slopes Thursday through Saturday. Occasional bursts of rain/snow showers will coat the mountains with 2-5” of snow through Saturday morning, locally higher in northern New York.

I’m watching the potential of a nearby coastal storm on Sunday. As you know, subtle shifts in the storm’s track mean all the difference for snow winners. In short, ski areas farther east stand the best chance to get new snow. If it ends up coming close enough, North Carolina to Maine will get 3-6”. Monday will be a cold one with bitter winds and flurries. Temperatures warm Tuesday and Wednesday with sunshine.

Best Bets: Kissing Bridge, Gore, Sugarloaf

Midwest

A special section is needed for the central U.S. and Canada this week, because the weather pattern features multiple Alberta Clippers. These are fast-moving, windy weather systems that usually drop light snow. However, Thursday into Friday we’ll have a stronger one hitting Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan with 4-8” of snow and wind gusts up to 50 mph. Another clipper will bring additional light snow Saturday-Sunday with a coating to 2”.

Best Bets: Boyne, Granite Peak, Wild Mountain

Western U.S. & Canada

Nice, warm, comfortable conditions will greet skiers and riders Thursday. A cold front will drop through the Rockies Friday into Saturday morning from Montana to New Mexico. This will drop the temperature 30 degrees while adding 2-5” of freshies. Sunday will be a sun-filled day in the West. The next winter storm will arrive in British Columbia and Washington Monday, moving across Oregon and Idaho by nightfall. Much of the West gets hit with this system Tuesday and Wednesday, including the Four Corners and Wyoming. In total by Wednesday, as much as 5-10” of snow will fall across the Rockies.

Best Bets: Angel Fire, Bridger Bowl, Mt. Bachelor

Join us next week as we get you ready for the Presidents' Day weekend outlook!

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