A parade of fronts will move across the northwestern U.S. and Canada through the end of the week bringing snow to many peaks across the West. Meanwhile, a soggy Nor’easter primes the Northeast for colder weather ahead.
Let’s start out west, where a series of cold fronts will bring blustery and cooler conditions in shots from British Columbia to Colorado. Cooler air will spread into the northwest in waves, allowing light snow to fall over the Cascade Mountains in Washington and Oregon, and the Coast Range in British Columbia through the day on Thursday. Snow totals will be highest in British Columbia and the far northern Washington Cascades where 6"+ will add up. Elsewhere, totals will be lighter, a few inches at the peaks through Oregon, Idaho, and the northern Rockies. We like Mt. Baker in Washington and Whistler in British Columbia to grab the snow with this round.
Another, more potent burst of colder air moves through Friday. This one delivers snow to the peaks as far east as Utah's Wasatch range, Wyoming's Wind River Range, and the Colorado Rockies. In total, some of the higher mountain peaks of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado could end up with a fresh 6-12"+ of new snow through the weekend. We like Jackson Hole in Wyoming, and Silver Mountain in Idaho to win with this week’s snow forecast. The fresh snow and chill will be great for Colorado's Keystone Mountain and Arapahoe Basin who are already turning chairs, and the other resorts that plan to open soon.
In the east, an early season Nor’easter will bring mainly rain, and some wet flakes to the mountain tops Thursday. The storm, while not a big snow-maker, will usher in cooler, drier conditions by the weekend. As skies clear out Saturday and Sunday, overnight temps will dip into the 30s for many mountains in New York Adirondacks and New England. Great news for the ski area to ramp up snowmaking efforts at night. Good news for Killington in Vermont and Sunday River in Maine, which plan to open soon.
Check back in for next week's SnoCountry SnoCast- we'll dig into NOAA's winter outlook even deeper.