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SnoCast: Making the Turn into April

Snoqualmie2 More snow ahead for the Pacific Northwest, including at the Summit at Snoqualmie, by the weekend and early next week (SummitSnow411/Twitter)

With the arrival of April comes soft turns, pond skimming, goggle tans, and sometimes some magical April snow. In this week’s SnoCast, we’ll check out conditions across North America so you know where to bring sunscreen, where you’ll still need layers, and where fresh snow is still expected.


We’ll start in the East, where spring is obviously here as the temperature roller coaster ride continues. We've been up and down for those late season turns and spring activities, like Gaper Days and (of course) pond skimming.


On Thursday, snow and cold air around the Great Lakes, will allow a few fresh inches of snow in Wisconsin and Michigan, while most of the Northeast deals with a warm (and wet) day. The cold will slowly pour in from west to east through Friday following the passage of a cold front. 

As a cold front presses East Friday, some light natural snow (a trace-3) falls from western Pennsylvania and New York by day, gradually moving through New England later in the afternoon and overnight. Best bets for snow will remain over the high peaks of the Adirondacks and Greens including Stowe, Jay Peak, and Whiteface

Temps may be just chilly enough (in the 20s) to pack a layer for first and last chair Friday and Saturday, but by day, seasonable 30s allow for generally pleasant days for many northeast ski areas. 

Light off and on rain and snow showers can be expected across the Great Lakes and Northeast Saturday and Sunday (though, nothing to write home about), and temperatures begin to warm up again.

Early and mid- next week turns warmer with wet weather likely again Tuesday and early Wednesday. But fasten your seat belt, because it looks like we repeat a similar pattern with another drop in temps late next week for the East.


In the West, a broad trough and a general northwesterly flow remains through Friday which will be enough to kick up light snow showers across the northern and central Rockies. A light coat of a trace-3” may fall for the peaks in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado late Thursday to early Friday, and again Sunday.


The Pacific Northwest gets progressively active Saturday through Tuesday with two rounds of mountain snow. A quick burst of snow cuts across the Washington Cascades and far northern Rockies (Idaho, Montana, Alberta) on Saturday with a quick 1-4” for many, but upwards of 6” in the WA Cascades.

A more widespread period of snow develops over the Pacific Northwest peaks and northern Rockies again Monday and Tuesday with moderate to heavy late season snow possible at many mid and high-elevation ski areas. Early estimates of around 5-12” may fall for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and 8-18” or more in the Cascades early next week. Through Tuesday, the highest totals likely fall near Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie, and Crystal in Washington.

We're still looking for great days ahead on the slopes, so we'll see you again next week for another SnoCast

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