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SnoCast: Snow and Chilly Temps Kick Off November

SundayRiver_fb_110421 Sunrise and snow at Sunday River in Maine (Sunday River/Facebook)

We've gotten a taste of ski season across the U.S. and Canada this week with bursts of cold and snow. These bursts are exactly what the (ski) doctor ordered to get us that much closer to the slopes. Here's how the forecast shapes up this week. 


At last, we got a much-needed cool down in the East. This week has provided windows for snowmaking and some light natural snow stretching from the Great Lakes, down the Appalachians, and into New England.

The chill will gradually moderate from south to northeast across the East through the weekend with a return to dry and bright weather for most of the East Good news and great weather for Killington Resort, where they announced opening day for Friday, November 5.

Looking ahead at the forecast, a coastal storm passes well south and east of Long Island with no impacts to the northeast ski areas. Conditions are forecast to be warmer than average early next week for the Great Lakes and Appalachians, with little or no snow in the cards through Wednesday. However, typical fall swings will once again bring colder weather by mid to late next week across the East.


In the West, we’ve seen bursts of snow to remind us that winter is not far away. A welcomed sign allowing more ski areas to announce open dates or open, like Loveland Ski Area which welcomed visitors on October 30.

In the forecast, an active pattern will persist over the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. Several rounds of high elevation snow will continue across the Washington and Oregon Cascades and Coast Range in British Columbia, trickling into the interior Northwest (Idaho, Wyoming, western Montana, Canadian Rockies) through the weekend. A general 6-12” will add up for the Cascades through Monday, with more 1-3 feet at the highest peaks through Monday. For the interior northwest mountains, a general 4-8” can be expected with locally higher totals. Good news for ski areas like Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie, and Timberline to build that base.

By early next week, the pattern continues, though more snow and cold may develop farther south, introducing accumulation across northern California and the central Rockies by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

All season long, check back for our weekly SnoCast outlooks. As more ski areas open up, we'll hone in on where you can find the best ski weather and conditions on the slopes. 


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