SnoCountry SnoCast: Spring in the West; Winter in the Northeast
Stowe Mountain Resort is swimming in fresh snow, along with most other ski areas in the northeast after the most recent Nor'easter. Thirty-four inches and counting as of Wednesday afternoon. (Stowe Mountain Resort/Twitter).
After a crazy blizzard in the Northeast and a spring-like stretch for the West, here’s what to expect by region March 15-20.
Just like last week’s SnoCast, I’m letting our three student interns from Lyndon State College take you through our forecast. Amanda Stone, Scott Myerson, and Christopher Kurdek are snow-loving forecasters, and are working hard to bring you the details on where to hit the slopes through this third weekend of March. Here’s what they have to say this week:
Eastern U.S. / Midwest: Forecast information and content from Christopher Kurdek: In the East, winter took a little bit of a break last week, but she is back (to say the least). Unless you have been stuck in the Tropics the last week and haven't heard, a monster Nor'Easter hit all of the Northeast. This storm is a once-in-a-decade system, and has dropped nearly 2 feet of snow on all of New England, as well as parts of the Mid-Atlantic states.
While this storm is a great help in the hunt to find deep stashes of powder, another low pressure system will develop over the Great Lakes this weekend and make its way into the same. This low will work its way over to the coast and move northward dropping even more powder. Parts of New England will see yet another half foot plus from this other system. Winter is not holding back - get your snow snorkels ready this weekend in the East cause the powder is going to be DEEP.
Western U.S.: Forecast information and content from Scott Myerson: The country is divided this week temperature-wise, as the West is currently experiencing near spring-like conditions.
Unfortunately, the spring-like weather has resulted in a bit of snow depth reduction. The good news is that there remains above average snow depth across the Cascades down through the Sierra Nevada, with varied conditions across the Rockies.
Looking ahead, storm systems will continue to take a northern track through early next week, which will maintain a mild and moist Pacific air mass across the West.
Canada: Forecast information and content from Amanda Stone: Ok, Quebec, it's your time to shine this week, as a major winter storm drops significant snow along the St. Lawrence River Valley with snowfall amounts generally up to 30cm. The highest amounts in the Eastern Townships along the International border could be up to 50cm as this storm finishes up. Steady, “wrap around” snowfall will continue on the backside of this system through the weekend. Snow totals from this system alone will approach 90cm by Saturday, with another quick punch of snow with the next system moving in right behind it. Another trough of energy will swing through the region on Sunday, bringing with it light to moderate snowfall through Tuesday, with below normal temperatures.
Mont Sutton is going to be looking great this week. Known for having 45% of ski-able real estate being glade skiing, this fresh powder will make for some excellent turns in the woods. This is going to be the place to be for mid-March early spring skiing!
'Til next week's SnoCast, SnoCountry readers! Happy skiing and riding. There's still lots of great snow to be had as we round the end of March.