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SnoCast: First Winter Storm of the Season Ahead

SundayRiver_fb_100321 Sunday River tests out snowmaking machines on a brilliant fall morning (SundayRiver/Facebook)

Another ski season is nearly here, which means another season of SnoCast is back! This week, we're tracking the first potential big snow of the season. 

In the near term, many ski areas remain in "prep mode" for the season ahead. Fall colors show brilliantly everywhere you look, from the Northeast to the Midwest, and the Western peaks. Occasional dips below freezing overnight have allowed many ski areas to test out snowmaking, while others received natural dustings at the peaks. 

A quick moving system will develop from the southwest U.S. on Friday bringing the chance of minor accumulation (dusting to a couple of inches) for the highest peaks of California's Sierra's, northward into Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Next week looks much more interesting, with the first winter storm of the season likely to play out for the West!

A split temperature pattern during the week of October 10-15 will keep the East very mild, while the Western U.S. sees the coldest plunge of air yet this season. Temperatures will dip well below average for the West beginning Sunday, with overnight lows in the 20s for most Western mountains, which will allow opportunities for snowmaking. The colder air will last through the week. 



This cold plunge will pair with a developing storm system moving in from the Northwest U.S. and Western Canada beginning Sunday. Snow begins in the Cascades and the Canadian Rockies, then shifts to Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado Monday through Wednesday with potential for heavy snow, 6 inches or more, over the mountains.  This would be the first decent winter storm of the season. Keep checking as the storm is still several days out and details will come into view closer in time.




Each Thursday through ski season, check the latest SnoCast on SnoCountry.com, or sign up to receive our newsletter, to get the meteorological scoop for your region.

SnoCast takes a deeper dive into the weather forecast around North America, detailing ideal mountain weather conditions and upcoming winter storms in view within days so you can find the great conditions on the slopes. SnoCast also previews the general weather pattern up to 10 days out, including potential winter storms on the horizon.  

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