SnoCast: New Snow from Coast to Coast
This week brought more wild swings in the weather country-wide. The West has benefited greatly with building snow cover, and the East eyes the next weekend wintry wallop. Here’s the forecast in this week’s SnoCast.
It’s been quite the week in the Western U.S. as multiple storms delivered feet upon feet of snow, especially for parts of California and the central Rockies. Ski areas in California picked up anywhere from 3 to 5+ feet of snow in as many days, really helping the snowpack. Here are a few of the top snow reports lately (as of 12/16):
- Dodge Ridge, CA - 76" (4 day total)
- Kirkwood, CA - 60" (3 day total)
- Mt. Baker, WA - 61" (4 day total)
- Mt. Rose Tahoe - 80" (6 day total)
- Alta, UT - 51" (7 day total)
- Lookout Pass, ID - 50" (7 day total)
- Wolf Creek, CO - 42" (7 day total)
- Arizona Snowbowl, AZ - 20" (6 day total)
Looking ahead, we’re not done yet. Heavy snow continues early Thursday over California’s central and northern Sierra Nevadas before tapering through the day. Lighter and scattered snow lingers through the interior Rockies Thursday before tapering through early Friday, adding to the already incredible totals across the West.
By the weekend, most of the west is dry and sunny, with the exception of the Pacific Northwest where another storm plows into the Washington Cascades and British Columbia, delivering a quick 4-8” for most, with locally 8-16”+ over the northern highest Cascades and perhaps northern Idaho. Leading up to Christmas, the pattern continues to favor more snow across the mountains of the Pacific coast states.
After a wild Wednesday of winds, storms and warmth in the Midwest, temperatures will return to a more normal state by Thursday. Meanwhile, the warmth spreads into the northeast by Thursday and Friday, but good news (and snow) lies ahead for the weekend! Colder air sags into New England just in time as a storm system quickly slides from the Ohio Valley and eastward, through southern New England Saturday. This will allow a quick accumulating snow to fall for northern New York and northern New England with roughly 3-6” for most, locally over 6” in central New England. Great news for Killington, Stowe, Gunstock, Bretton Woods, Sugarloaf, and others in the northeast
Once this system clears out, seasonably cool air sticks around Sunday and Monday for most of the East, before settling into the Great Lakes and far northeast through most of next week. The seasonably colder air will allow snowmaking possible for northernmost ski areas leading up to the Christmas holiday.
6-10 Day Outlook
December 21-25: For the West, the pattern looks favorable for snow along the west coast states leading up to the Christmas holiday with enough cold air in place to support more snow in the Cascades and Sierras, and perhaps the southwest. In the East, near average conditions means we monitor day to for precipitation and cold to align. Models hint at a more active pattern near Christmas, so that will be something to watch (and we'll talk about it in next week's SnoCast!).