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SnoCast: Recent Snow Blankets Ski Areas Both in the East and West

A snowboarder glides through 2 feet of fresh snow at Hunter Mountain in New York (HunterMtn/Twitter) Hunter Mountain in New York picked up about 2 feet of fresh snow after a powerful nor'easter crushed the northeast (HunterMtn/Twitter)

With big snow happening on both sides of the US and Canada, conditions look fantastic heading into Christmas week.

 

East

As a powerful nor’easter wraps up Thursday, leaving many with 10-20” of fresh snow in its wake (locally more than 40" in parts of central New York!), the East quiets down a bit, allowing for ample skiable terrain into the weekend. High pressure, fair skies, and seasonably chilly temperatures replace our winter storm, with temps in the teens and 20s around the northeast on Friday, and slightly higher by Saturday. A cold front kicks off light snow showers in Michigan Saturday, shifting to northern New York and New England by Sunday with otherwise mainly fair skies for the East.

Take a gander of some of the live snow cams in the northeast.

 

West

Also wrapping up a widespread mountain snow on Thursday, with lingering snow across the intermountain region and Rockies into Friday, the West will see excellent conditions through the upcoming weekend.

New snow on a chairlift at Mission Ridge in Washington (MissionRidge/Twitter)

Look for frequent bouts of snow incoming to the Northwest US and western Canada almost every other day. Friday (Dec 18) and again Saturday night-Sunday (Dec 19-20), snow piles up in British Columbia’s Coast Range, the Washington Cascades, and northern Idaho with a general 3-8”+ of snow with each round. Yet another system spreads farther inland by Monday night into Tuesday, reaching northern Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. The southwest doesn’t see the storms, but pleasantly warm conditions persist letting skiers enjoy recent snowfall from last week.

Weather map highlighting 3 storms in the Northwest US and western Canada in the next few days (NOAA Weather Prediction Center)

Looking Ahead

In the days leading up to and through Christmas, the weather pattern will be quick and shifty. The northwest and northern Rockies will continue to see waves of mountain snow, with an otherwise mild pattern building across the West. And while it doesn’t appear there will be any major storms later next week in the East, light snow will graze the Great Lakes and New England Tuesday (Dec 22) and again Thursday (Dec 24) with fluctuating temperatures.

6-10 Day temperature and precipitation outlook compared to average shows warming and drying conditions in the west, and a mix in the east (Climate Prediction Center and PivotalWeather.com)

 

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

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