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SnoCast: Loving the Snow Outlook into Valentine’s Weekend

A skies skis down the trail at Ski Santa Fe with mountain peaks in the distance (SkiSantaFe/Twitter) New snow all around the west this week, including at Ski Santa Fe, as multiple storms are in the forecast (SkiSantaFe/Twitter)


With cold air pouring deeper into the U.S., plus storm after storm lined up both in the East and West, it’s easy to love this forecast. Here’s the scoop on when and where to find the best conditions this week.


The West will remain very active with multiple storms this week tracking along the boundary between very cold Arctic air along the Rockies, and milder air in the Southwest. Each storm generally migrates from the Pacific Northwest, southeastward to the southern Rockies. The first storm comes Thursday through early Friday, with a second, colder, and more potent storm again Saturday through Sunday. Snow levels are low with cold air pouring deep, which could really disrupt travel in and out of the mountains. By the end of the weekend, the Pacific Northwest mountains end up with the most snow upwards of 2-3 feet, while most areas grab anywhere from 8-18”. Here are the snow totals by state through Valentine’s morning.

This storm train continues to roll, with yet another storm following a similar path beginning Monday—from Washington state and the interior northwest—through Tuesday—down the Rockies to Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. Look for another round of moderate to heavy snow with this one. While excellent conditions hold at the ski areas, avalanche risk remains dangerously high in some Western mountain backcountry.  

 A skier skis down the slope at Apex Mountain Resort with sunshine (ApexMtnResort/Twitter)


Coming off of a very active stretch in the East, with a powerhouse Groundhog Day storm, and a grazing coastal storm earlier this week, the storm train continues in the east, too! Cold air that has been bottled up in the north-central U.S. pours deeper south through this weekend, with storms riding near the cold/warm boundary. Two weak, yet accumulating systems drop new snow in Virginia, West Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania Thursday and again Friday, though some southern Appalachian peaks deal with ice. A quick-moving system, and more Arctic air swings through the Great Lakes this weekend with light snow for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Northeast. While rather cold, we’ll find decent conditions heading into the holiday weekend—bundle up! Here’s the snow forecast through early Sunday.

Snow forecast in the eastern U.S. through early Sunday, Feb. 14 (NWS)

Snow guns fire snow over the peak of Sugarloaf Mountains (SugarloafMtn/Twitter)

Another, more potent significant storm develops in the Deep South early next week, riding up the Appalachians.  This poses a challenging forecast to pinpoint the rain/snow line, with potential for icing for the middle Appalachians, though all snow for colder areas in the Northeast by Tuesday.


Check back in every week for a new SnoCast throughout the ski season. Also, be sure to check out the latest snow report to see conditions and safety guidelines.

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