Several large storms will develop across the country in this week’s SnoCast. Great news as the ski season ramps up following the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are the latest details.
Western U.S. & Canada
On the heels of a big storm this past week in the west where many parts of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah get dumped on with 6-18”+ new snow, get ready for another round of widespread snow. The west stays active as a potent storm develops from southern California and lifts through the southwest U.S. late Thursday- Friday. Expect widespread 4-8” of mountain snow for southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, as well as Utah and Colorado’s southern ranges. Higher amounts of 8-16”+ will likely fall at the peaks of Arizona, Utah’s Wasatch & Uinta ranges, and Colorado’s San Juan range. Look for best bets around Arizona Snowbowl; most Utah peaks including Snowbird, Solitude, Alta, and Brian Head; Taos in New Mexico; plus Colorado’s Wolf Creek and Purgatory - all look great.
By Friday night, that energy lifts north, bringing snow to the northern Rockies, from Colorado, to Wyoming, through Montana and the Dakotas where mountains will get roughly 3-6”, with locally higher amounts around 10” near Jackson Hole and Snow King in Wyoming.
Look for another storm to plow into northern California over the weekend, delivering heavy snow to the entire Sierra range with 1-3’ (that's feet!) Saturday through Monday, while the Oregon and Washington Cascades also pick up several inches. Look around Mammoth Mountain or any Tahoe area resorts for best bets this weekend.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
The east will wrap up a windy, (mostly soggy) Thanksgiving storm with enough cold air to produce light snow across northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. A mainly dry Friday is expected. The storm from the western U.S. will eject into the Plains, bringing snow to the Midwest and eventually northeast from Saturday through Monday. In the Midwest, the storm will bring both rain and snow, but will stay cold enough for mainly snow for far northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan with an estimated 4-8”.
Once the storm reaches the northeast coast Monday, there is a lot of uncertainty of just how much snow will fall, but several inches will be possible in a band around central NY through New England. Keep checking in with those forecast details. Best bets this for this weekend in the east include Giants Ridge, Granite Peak, Sunday River, and around Mount Snow (pending heaviest band of snow).