SnoCountry SnoCast: Winter's Not Done Yet
Sunday River is still loving the season with sweet corduroy turns and bluebird skies as of late. Sunday River has over 450 acres of open terrain to enjoy. (Sunday River/Facebook)
Each week, you have been (hopefully) enjoying our weekly "snow finding" weather blog, SnoCast with me, Kerrin Jeromin. But, this week, I'm going to let a few other folks take the forecasting reigns to find out where the best ski and ride conditions will be for the week of March 8-13.
All winter long three students from Lyndon State College in Vermont have been working to fine tune their forecasting skills for various regions around North America. Just like you and me, these students are snow-loving fun seekers. This week, they are showing you what to expect in the forecast, and where you can find the best conditions. Read on to see where Christopher Kurdek, Amanda Stone, and Scott Myerson think will be prime for getting in some turns.
Eastern U.S.: Forecast information and content from Christopher Kurdek:
A tale of two seasons will be the theme in this week's forecast for the East (three seasons if you count 'Mud Season' in Northern New England). Temperatures will, yet again, be above seasonal averages through the work week for the East, and then drop below average by the weekend. In the precipitation department, parts of New England will see 1-3" of new snow on Thursday into Thursday night as a cold front pushes down from Canada.
The biggest event to watch for this week is a major storm that will work it's way from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic region, with 10" to over a foot of fresh powder on tap for ski areas in Western Pennsylvania. Mountains such as Mountain Creek in New Jersey, as well as Jack Frost Big Boulder in the Poconos in Pennsylvania receiving up to a half foot by the start of the new work week.
Western U.S.: Forecast information and content from Scott Myerson:
Snow depth remains largely above average across many of the Western U.S. resorts, thanks to recent snows, which have produced a couple fresh feet. Mt. Hood Meadows in particular has received about 40" of snow in the past week, so there is plenty of great skiing to be had.
Looking ahead, even more snow is to expected to fall across the Cascades and Rockies, as numerous waves of moisture ride up the terrain through the weekend.
Given a more northern storm track this week, temperatures will generally run at or below normal north of the track, and above normal south of the track.
Canada: Forecast information and content from Amanda Stone:
When you think of ski resorts in Canada, you tend to think of either of the West or the East, but today and for the near future, the jackpot is central Canada in the province of Manitoba. A powerful winter storm will be impacting the area through Wednesday afternoon, packing a quick punch of additional snow accumulations of up to 24". Looking further ahead through the weekend, the Canadian model is showing a series of shortwave troughs moving through with steady periods of snow falling, especially with orographic enhancement due to the dominance of the west to northwest flow, bringing cold air and moisture off the Pacific.
This week's highlight will be Asessippi Ski Area. Currently, they have a solid base of 35", and with this severe winter storm bringing an additional massive pow dump, they will be looking really good for the rest of the week with continued steady lingering snow, making each day a fresh powder day.
I hope you loved hearing from Christopher, Amanda, and Scott. These three have put in a lot of effort studying atmospheric sciences at Lyndon State College to better hone their weather forecasting skills. If you want to learn more about Lyndon, you can always check out the college online.
In the meantime, take that great forecast info and put it to use! Happy skiing and riding, 'Til next week!