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SnoCountry SnoCast: Much Colder and Snowier in the East


Snowshoe in West Virginia is in a prime location for wintry weather this week. (Snowshoe) 

The weather pattern change we have been waiting for in the East is finally here bringing cold temperatures and snow, while the West continues to be sunny and dry.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

We’re getting an early gift of cold temperatures and potential snowstorms through mid-December. Below-average temperatures will reach far south with potential for accumulating snow Friday and Saturday across parts of Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.

Colder-than-average weather in blue/green and warmer-than-average in orange/red.  (Weatherbell)

Two more systems, one Sunday-Monday and another Tuesday-Wednesday show potential of strengthening off the coast of New England. Exact snow forecasts can vary greatly, so we’ll play it safe and say there will be potential for nice, accumulating snow with each. Stratton Mountain in Vermont is one of many prime spots this week.

The European ensemble model for forecast snowfall through Wednesday, December 13.  (Weatherbell)

Meanwhile, lake effect snow showers will be likely across all of the Great Lakes. Several inches will fall through the period on the east/southeast sides of the lakes. These flakes will reach to places such as Gore Mountain in New York.

Snowfall forecast through Friday, December 9 shows heavy lake effect snow potential. (NOAA/NWS)

Western U.S. & Canada

Bluebird days are expected across the West. Snoqualmie in Washington plans to open Dec. 10. (Twitter/SummitSnow411)

After a month of consistent moisture coming out of the northeast Pacific and the Gulf of Alaska, a large area of high pressure is now settling into the West (circled below in blue), pushing all moisture well north. This high pressure system will remain in place through mid-December bringing warm and dry conditions to most of the West.

High pressure dominates the West with dry weather. (NOAA/NCEP)

Expect bluebird days, little natural snowfall, and above-average temperatures. Head out, enjoy the sun, and you may not have to bundle up as much. There is plenty of snow depth at Grand Targhee in Wyoming and Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia. A few small weather disturbances may bring light snowfall during the weekend and early in the week. Ski areas will have to depend on making snow to add to the base depths.

Some light snow is possible across parts of Colorado and New Mexico on Dec 8-9. (NOAA/NWS)

Lyndon State College seniors Liam Kelleher and Philomon Geertson contributed to this article.

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