SnoCast: New Year, New Snow. Bring It!
As we close the book on 2021, we’ll get off to a busy snow start for the new year. A storm treks from coast to coast delivering new snow from the Southwest to Quebec. Details in this week’s SnoCast.
It has no doubt been a December to remember across the West. Over the last week, parts of California, the Cascades, and Rockies picked up epic and historic snow amounts, with some in the Sierra’s in California racking up more than 100” of snow since December 21. Popular resorts, including Palisades Tahoe, Kirkwood, Homewood, and Sugar Bowl were absolutely buried, needing a break to dig out.
We will see a slow down to this epic pattern after one more hit of snow digs across the West Thursday into New Year’s Day. Two systems merge over the Southwest and Four Corners by Friday into early Saturday, delivering big snow to Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. While most see a general 4-10”, as much as 1-3 feet of snow will fall in the southern Rockies, most in in Colorado. Great news for nearly all ski areas in the Four Corners.
Sunday is quiet, before the next storm brings more heavy snow to western Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and northern Rockies early next week.
A quick shot of snow for our Midwest ski areas Saturday and Saturday night, as the same storm from the Southwest ejects out to the Plains. This will bring welcomed 3-8” of new snow and great news for some of our smaller ski areas in Michigan, including Swiss Valley, Alpine Valley, and Bittersweet.
Finally, this same storm spreads to the Northeast and Quebec, by Sunday into Monday but a challenging rain/snow line to forecast. Most likely areas to see snow initially will be in southern Quebec, and ski areas nearer the Canadian border in New York and northern Vermont. Totals will vary widely, pending precipitation type and where the snow line sets up.
Colder air filters in to the entire Eastern U.S. through Monday, and if the last bit of the storm trails as models suggest, it would mean some snow all the way down the southern Appalachians and another quick shot for the Northeast. Keep an eye on this evolving system.