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SnoCast: Gobbling Up the Holiday Weekend Forecast

SquawalleyAlpineMeadows_TW_112420 Skiers enjoy fresh turns at recently opened Squaw Valley (Squaw Valley/Twitter)


With several more ski areas opening up for the holiday week, the ski season is well underway. We're seeking out the snow and cold air to keep flakes flying. Here’s where to expect great conditions this holiday weekend.


As mountain snow winds down Wednesday night/Thursday morning for the intermountain west, the majority of the West will be storm-free and pleasant on Thanksgiving Day. Later Thursday, snow develops for the northern Coast Range in British Columbia, spreading south by Friday night-Saturday. Generally, 15-25 cm (6-10”) of snow will fall in the mountains, making for a great first chair Saturday at Whistler-Blackcomb, potentially Cypress if snow levels can dip low enough, and as far south as Mt. Baker in Washington state.


24 hour snowfall forecast from late Friday-late Saturday across the Northwest and western Canada (TropicalTidbits.com)

The weekend will be bright and snow free for the west until another quick moving system develops again Monday, spreading light totals to B.C.’s northern Coast.  Overall, a solid stretch to get out and hit the open slopes.



The east will have slightly soggy mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving Day, with drier and clearer conditions developing Friday. Colder air moves into the Great Lakes and Northeast Friday and Saturday, respectively. While there’s not much moisture around for this cold front passage, we could squeeze out a few flakes in New York’s Adirondacks and northern Vermont’s Greens on Saturday, while others will be able to keep the snow machines cranking. Should be a great weekend at open resorts including Stowe, Jay Peak, Killington, Sunday River, and Sugarloaf.

A dry and bright Sunday will give way to a potentially interesting scenario Monday. Cold air plunges as far south as the southern Appalachians, as moisture surges in from the south. Depending on when and where these 2 merge could spell decent snow for parts of the Midwest/Great Lakes Monday. Details on how much snow are limited as models are still sorting this one out, but it is a storm to watch as some of our southeast mountains gear up for season.

Map of US with potential storm developing in the Midwest Monday Nov 30


6-10 Day Outlook

Looking ahead to next week, the east will see a large trough of colder air dig really far south to the Midwest to the Deep South next week, with potential for mountain snow, while the northeast starts warm, turning colder by late week.

Weather pattern outlook for next week, November 30 through December 4 (PivotalWeather.com/Climate Prediction Center)


Check back in every week for a new SnoCast through ski season. Also, be sure to check out the latest snow report to see who’s open and read latest safety guidelines and reservations.

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