StevensPass_NWSSeattle The first snow of the season for Stevens Pass, WA gets us in the mood for winter. (NWS Seattle)

Glad to have you back, SnoCast readers! We can't wait to give you an early edge on when to catch the best snow of the season as we bring you forecasts each week through the season. 

This week, we welcome October! We are loving those fall colors emerging all across the country. The forecast this week will feature differing weather from coast to coast- while some parts of the country bask in warm fall weather, others will see the first real snow of the season!

Western U.S. & Canada

The western U.S. will be active with several wet systems this week, even the first flakes of the season for some. Look for rain showers with some mountain snow mixed in Thursday to Friday for Wyoming’s Grand Targhee and Jackson Hole. But, a much more powerful system moves in by Sunday and Monday- this storm holds BIG potential to coat many western mountains with their first snow of the season. Watch for heavy snowfall for many peaks in the Rocky Mountains through Tuesday including Colorado's Wolf Creek and Winter Park. Meanwhile it will get us in the mood for winter because it’ll feel *cold* for many.

Cold invades the west Sunday, Monday, into mid-week. (

Weather model forecast through Tuesday shows snow digging in for many western mountains. (

Eastern U.S. & Canada

Warm temperatures will stay in place across the eastern U.S. this week. A perfect chance to get out and enjoy those beautiful red, orange, and gold leaves. Why not take a trip up a local gondola at your favorite mountain to enjoy the view?

New England is the place to be this week and next for peak, alongside New York’s Adirondacks. The Midwest to the mid-Atlantic have a couple more weeks to go before the best color arrives. It will be a warm one. Through Tuesday, expect well above-average temperatures for many in the East, while staying dry most days. Go here for autumn hikes.

Foliage map prediction by October 8. (

Wondering what winter has in store this year? Check back with SnoCast next week when we discuss the 2018-19 winter outlook.