SnoCountry SnoCast: Active West & Bluebird Skies in the East
Plenty of sunshine to go around both east and west this week, but the west will see the most snow days. This week's SnoCast outlines the best conditions and best bets to hit the slopes through the weekend.
A somewhat calm and pleasant stretch of weather lies ahead for the eastern U.S. Sunshine and bluebird days will prevail for most of the Great Lakes and Northeast to finish this week, and take us through the weekend. A small bit of fresh snow will come farther to the south. A fast moving, weak storm system will move through the southern Appalachians, providing the slopes of western North Carolina and perhaps southern Virginia with a few fast inches of snow later Thursday (Feb 20). Overall, there aren’t many *bad* spots this weekend in the east. Enjoy a fresh inch or three at Catalochee, Beech Mountain, or Sugar Mountain in North Carolina, or enjoy sun and temps in the 20s each day nearly all ski areas in the Great Lakes or the Northeast.
Monitor the forecast through early next week, possibly around Tuesday (Feb 25) for another chance at some snow in the northeast.
The Western U.S. and Canada will be calm and pleasant to finish the week Thursday and Friday, before turning snowy over the weekend in many areas. Look for 2 separate storm systems to impact the west over the weekend. In the Pacific Northwest and western British Columbia, heavy snow develops Saturday and last through Sunday as it spreads through the northern Rocky Mountains. Expect many base areas from British Columbia, to the Cascades, to the Bitterroots to Wyoming to pick up 6-12”, with the peaks piling up anywhere from 1-3 feet through this prolonged multi-day snow. Best bets include Lookout Pass, Silver Mountain, White Pass, Summit at Snoqualmie, and Apex.
Meanwhile, in the southwest, wet snow lifts over the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico with limited, variable snow amounts, but potentially several inches. A fluffier, drier snow develops in southern Utah and Colorado where a general 6-12” will fall for many, but 1-2 feet at the highest peak of Colorado’s San Juan Range through Saturday and Saturday night. Brian Head, Wolf Creek, Telluride, and Purgatory make the best bets this weekend here.
Happy trails, skiers and riders, wherever your weekend adventures take you. Be sure to check back in next week for another SnoCast.