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SnoCast: Much Needed Snow for the Southwest

Anglefire More than 8” of snow fell this week at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico with more snow in the forecast (AngelFireResort/Twitter)

Much needed snow churns into the Southwest and Rockies in areas that have been parched for precipitation so far this winter. 

 Snowfall forecast for the US through early Sunday, January 23. (NWS)

West

Good news comes in the form of snow this week for the Southwest (California, Arizona, and New Mexico), as well as the central and southern Rockies, (Utah and Colorado). A multi-pronged area of low pressure generates a stormy setup for these areas Friday-Sunday, with a second storm moving in again late Sunday-Tuesday, and potential for yet another mid-next week. The first wave brings moderate snow to California’s central Sierra Friday, before sweeping into Utah and Colorado by the weekend. Totals will range from 4-9 inches for many peaks, though the central Rockies end up with more common 10-18” totals by the end of the weekend. 


The second wave spreads snow to the same areas and areas farther south including Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico by early this coming work week. Totals with the second wave will be similar or heavier, with an additional 6”+ drop for many areas. It’s a bit early to talk totals for the third system but is something to monitor. 

A skier takes in the slopes at Sierra at Tahoe. Multiple storms ahead will bring potential heavy new snow this week (Sierra_at_Tahoe/Twitter)

East

In the East, the consistently cool flow will allow light and scattered snow showers Thursday up and down the Appalachians, before more focused Lake Effect snow targets New York State into Friday. With a general 4-8” swath of snow over New York’s peaks, the weekend looks great around the Empire State. Locally higher totals are expected on the Tug Hill plateau.


Snowfall forecast for New York through early Sunday, January 23. (NWS)

A storm system forms in the Midwest Saturday-Sunday, favoring southern Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin with a quick, light coat of fresh snow ranging from 2-5” generally. This system passes south of New England by Monday, which will bring snow to southern New England, upstate New York, and possibly as far south as Pennsylvania. Watch for another potential mid-Atlantic system by Thursday of next week.

More snow ahead for New York State, including at Gore Mountain where cold and lake effect snow will add to the base this week (GoreMountain/Twitter)

Check back each week this winter for a new SnoCast, where we’re scoping out new snow in the forecast. Also, be sure to check the latest snow report for the latest safety information. 

 

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