SnoCast: East Coast Storm and New Snow for the Northwest
As we turn the page from January to February, we’re watching a close-call storm tracking up the eastern seaboard, and a new batch of snow for the Pacific Northwest. Here’s the forecast scoop in this week’s SnoCast.
**This story was last updated Thursday morning, January 27. If reading this after Thursday, and you're looking for latest snow forecast for the upcoming nor'easter, please check latest forecast information on weather.gov.**
All eyes have been on an impending nor’easter, which is still expected to track just off the East coast Friday to Saturday. While the storm will be a real wallop for some, the heaviest snow may be a near-miss for many ski areas in the East. As of Thursday morning, the latest track keeps the storm’s heaviest snowfall near the coast (let's say the broad and general Interstate 95 corridor).
This track would favor snow for some ski areas across New England, particularly in far eastern Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, say near Wachusett Mountain, Crotched Mountain, Pats Peak, and Camden Snow Bowl. However, as the interior Northeast mountains miss out on the heaviest snow, all areas will have strong winds Saturday, followed by a reinforcing shot of cold air as the storm departs late in the weekend.
Behind the upcoming Nor'easter, very cold wind chills will enter much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic throughout the weekend. This could be potentially hazardous for areas that experience power outages. pic.twitter.com/VcIWOy3Uf6— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) January 27, 2022
A few snow showers will trek southeastward from Michigan to West Virginia on Sunday with a weak passing system. Otherwise, Tuesday and Wednesday next week will feature sun and dry weather for most of the East, before turning milder and potentially wetter with the next system Thursday, (see 'Looking Ahead below).
With the exception of a quick flurry of snow over Colorado and the southern Rockies Thursday (Jan. 27), most of the West will remain quiet and bright through the weekend. Enjoy those bluebird days.
The weather pattern looks more exciting early next week with a new round of snow shifting into the Cascades Sunday and much of the Northwest by Monday. This next storm system will deliver a general 3 to 6 inches for the northern Rockies, with higher totals up to 16 inches for the highest Cascades and northern Idaho’s Bitterroots through Monday.
This system drifts southward to the central and southern Rockies Tuesday and Wednesday, though a bit early to talk exact totals. Check in with the latest forecast if your ski plans take you to the southern Rockies early next week.
In the 6-10 day outlook (through Saturday, February 5), the pattern will, overall, turn colder and somewhat drier than average for the West, while the East turns mild and potentially wetter with upcoming storms.