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SnoCast: Gobbling Up This Thanksgiving Weekend Forecast

JayPeak_tw_112321 Natural and manmade snow fly at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont ahead of opening day, and there's plenty more where that came from! (Jay Peak/Twitter)

Happy Thanksgiving! We're eating up the forecast with plentiful helpings of snow and chill for the East, and warm, buttery turns in the West. Here's what to expect in the forecast in this week's SnoCast.

 East

This holiday weekend, it's all about the cold air invading the East, along with new snow for some! A cold front will sweep through from the Great Lakes on Thanksgiving Day to the Eastern seaboard by Friday. Behind this front, cold air will pour in with temps in the 20s and 30s for many, but 10s in New England. This cold flow from Canada will allow lake effect and mountain-generated snow to develop with a general 2-5" for many. However, some sweet spots along the west and northwest-facing slopes of New York's Adirondacks, Vermont's Green Mountains, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire will find locally as much as 6-12"+ of new snow just in time for opening weekend for many--look to Jay Peak, Stowe, TitusWhiteface, Cannon Mountain, and Bretton Woods as best bets in those sweet spots through the Thanksgiving weekend. 

 

Looking ahead, the colder air remains, and may set the stage for another potential storm system early next week. Weather models indicate a possible coastal storm for the northeast come Monday. If the low pressure center can develop close enough to the coast, it could be more snow. While several days out, it certainly bares watching. 

 

West

Despite rather dry and mild weather in the west as of late, new trails are open and ready for skiers. Brighton, Solitude, Sunshine Village, and even Arizona Snowbowl are now open for season. Check snow reports for the Rockies to see who is open. 

 

In the forecast, most of the West remains in a dry and mild pattern through mid-next week with the exception of British Columbia and parts of the U.S. Pacific Northwest peaks.  A series of wet and warm storm systems will bring both mountain snow and rain to the northern Cascades in Washington, the Coast Range and the Rockies in British Columbia--the first Thursday-Friday, another Saturday night-Sunday, and a third Tuesday-Wednesday. While snow levels will remain rather high above 5000-8000 feet, a general 4-8” (10-20 cm) will add up with each event.  Best bets include Schweitzer and Red Lodge (both opening 11/26), Lake Louise (AB), Cypress (BC) and Grouse (BC).


The longer range pattern through the first full week of December still features a mild, but wetter pattern, meaning snow levels will generally remain high. We’ll keep an eye out for change in pattern going deeper into December.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! We'll see ya right back here next Thursday for a new SnoCast

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