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SnoCountry SnoCast: Snow Kicks Off the First Days of Spring

Loveland-uphill With most resorts closed, many are offering uphill access, including Colorado’s Loveland Ski Area. However, you must have an uphill access pass to access Loveland and many other mountains. Please check the uphill access availability at your favorite mountain before heading out. And as always, please make sure you are always prepared with the proper backcountry equipment, especially with new snow in the forecast.

A fast-moving coast-to-coast storm system will impact California to Maine with varying types of precipitation. And while many ski areas remain closed throughout these challenging times, we still want to keep you updated on the weather. Here’s the forecast around North America for the first days of Spring, March 19-24.

Western U.S. & Canada

A potent storm system continues to dig through the interior West on Thursday, bringing widespread mountain snow from Arizona and New Mexico, to Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. While many mountains will pick up 3-9” of new powder, the heaviest snow will fall in the Colorado Rockies Thursday, with 10-20” expected over the highest peaks. It’s a quick mover, however, with most areas clearing out by Friday, with the exception of the intermountain West where light, lingering snow will pepper the mountains.

To check which ski areas remain open, visit the snow reports page for the Rockies, Southwest, Northwest, and western Canada.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

The same storm to hit the west Thursday, quickly ejects through the Plains and through the Great Lakes by Thursday night and Friday. As warm air surges northward ahead of this storm, only some in the Midwest (western Wisconsin and the UP of Michigan) will see new snow, while the Appalachians and Northeast get plain liquid. With the fast movement on this storm, expect all areas in the East to clear out with sunshine on the way for the weekend, before another, potentially colder storm moves in again early next week with potential for a few fresh inches of snow in New York and New England.

To check which ski areas remain open, visit the snow reports page for the Midwest, Northeast, and eastern Canada.

Looking ahead, the weekend will feature fair weather for most area of the U.S. with temperatures on point for mid March. Beyond that, it seems the pattern that has dominated much of the winter season will continue, with colder than average conditions favored for the Western U.S. and Canada, and warmer than average conditions for the East heading into the last week of March.

Stay well, skiers and riders!

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