SnoCountry SnoCast: A New Year Begins With New Powder
Happy New Year! You’ll have plenty to celebrate in certain parts of the U.S. and Canada regarding this week’s weather forecast.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
The year 2020 kicks off with fresh snow coming to the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast through Sunday. Another complex storm will move up the Appalachians beginning Thursday and its impacts will be felt for a few days. Due to the storm’s track, snow will be limited to Michigan at first. However as the system nears the Northeast, there may be enough cold air to produce snow in upstate New York and the northern tier of New England Saturday and Sunday. A potential 3-6” snowfall exists with more if it stays cold enough. That’s why this week we like Crystal Mountain, Little Switzerland, Attitash, and Shawnee Peak.
It will be a windy weekend for many resorts, turning colder Sunday and then sunnier Monday. Keep an eye on Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 7-8th) because there may be another quick-moving storm system bringing snow and a wintry mix.
Western U.S. & Canada
The New Year’s storm pattern tracks across British Columbia, Alberta and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Multiple weather events will occur this week. The first will be Thursday where BC will get an additional 20-25 cm of snow. Meanwhile Thursday, the rest of the Rocky Mountain range in the U.S. will have snow showers amounting to an additional 2-5”. BC continues to get snow Friday while U.S. resorts clear out. That moisture then dives through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming Saturday to Sunday. Many resorts will pick up another 8-15” of new snow.
The weather pattern will get colder-than-average through early January for many. This will keep conditions great while allowing for fresh snowmaking. The colder pattern appears to last well into January too. An exception will be the immediate Southwest where it may stay a little milder. This week we like Mount Seymour, Apex, Crystal Mountain and Bogus Basin.