In these final days of winter (Spring Equinox is March 19) we wish you the luck of the Irish to receive the new snowfall coming.
Western U.S. & Canada
Big changes are on the way for St. Patrick’s Day weekend as a Canadian cold front reminds us that it’s still winter. Thursday will be a dry day with a few snow showers in the Rockies. The pattern will get busier Friday with two separate storms. One will bear down on British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest with plummeting temperatures and 8-12” of new snowfall. Meanwhile, Thursday, Arizona and New Mexico will get high elevation snow, above 8,500 feet, adding up to 4-8”. Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana will stay cold and snowy Saturday with another 3-6” while the Southwest dries out.
California, Utah, and Wyoming will get in on the snow action Sunday with 7-10” for many, even up to 24” in the Sierra Nevada by Monday! Through St. Patrick’s Day the pattern will stay cool and snowy for much of the Southwest including Colorado with 6-8” new snow to start the week. This week we love Whitefish, Squaw Valley, Heavenly, and Jackson Hole.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
A mild weather pattern will continue with a few impulses of cold/snow. In the Great Lakes Thursday, a snow/rain mix will fall with the best snowfall potential in Wisconsin and Michigan. This storm system will slide east, bringing the wintry mix to the Northeast with the best snow potential around the Canadian border Friday. Accumulations will be light, 2-4”. It will get colder and windier during the weekend with scattered snow showers and another 2-4” in the west-facing slopes.
The pattern will continue to favor the Great Lakes to southeast Canada through St. Patrick’s Day as additional wintry mixes likely drop snow farther north. Otherwise, enjoy some (nearly) spring skiing! Speaking of, here is a list of some of the fun events happening at ski areas this month! This week we love Big Powderhorn, Crystal Mountain, Granite Peak, and Sugarloaf.