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SnoCast: More Snow Targets the West

Loveland2_tw_creditDustinSchaefer_103122 Loveland Ski Area in Colorado gets new snow for opening day on Thursday, November 3, with more snow in the forecast. (Loveland, Dustin Schaefer/Twitter)

 

This week, the weather pattern continues to favor the Western U.S. for new snow and the right conditions to kick start ski season. In this week’s SnoCast, we’ll detail where back-to-back storms will deliver fresh snow.

Forecast (Nov. 3-9)

West

The West is best this week as a large trough digs across the West delivering cold and stormy weather.  As of Thursday, snow continues to fall across the mountains of the Four Corners states (Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico). This is the same system that delivered snow earlier in the week to California's Sierras and the Pacific Northwest peaks.

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With a very short break between storms, another complex system will affect the West, beginning Friday over the U.S. Pacific Northwest, western Canada, and northern Rockies, lasting through the upcoming weekend. Heavy, wet 6-12" of snow falls through Saturday (locally more at the highest peaks) for the northern Washington Cascades, Idaho Bitterroots, and Wyoming's Tetons and Wind River Range. Be aware, this system also brings very heavy rain to lower elevations across the Northwest through the weekend.

A map of the United States with blobs of coloring indicating snow

Reinforcing cold air and more moisture dives deeper south by early next week, bringing snow toward the Sierras and Four Corners states once again. Exact snow total will vary greatly by region, but it looks as though heavy snow, 1-3 feet or more, will be possible for California's Sierras, with moderate totals elsewhere in the interior West. Stay tuned to forecast details as the storm gets closer in time.

 

East

I wish I had better news for the East, but we continue to wait on the cold and snow here. Warmer than average conditions continue this week with limited opportunities for snowmaking or natural snow. It looks as though the pattern will begin the change by mid-November with a better shot for cold air intrusions next weekend and beyond. Keep doing those snow dances in the East (or however you prepare for winter...we see you Killington).

 

 

A map of the United States with colors indicating wetter and colder conditions in the Western U.S. next week

 

As ski season rolls on, so does SnoCast. More ski areas will turn lifts this week, including Brian Head, Sunshine Village (first in Canada!), Loveland, and Wolf Creek.  Check snow reports to see conditions at your nearest mountain. See you next Thursday!

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