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SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

SnoCountry SnoCast: Officially Spring; Winter Weather Hangs On

Breckenridge Ski Resort has been loving the spring-like conditions this past week, but more winter-like weather makes a quick return in the forecast. (Breckenridge/Facebook).

It’s officially spring time on the calendar, so we can now expect the weather to be even more “fickle” than in the winter. This week’s SnoCast will proves that winter weather is fighting to hang on as long as possible despite what the calendar says.

As we move into the Spring months, we should anticipate and expect more “ups and downs” in temperatures and weather. So will your area be in a zone for some spring-time snow? Let’s dig into the forecast. Here’s what to expect by region for the days Wednesday March 22- Monday March 27.

Eastern U.S. / Midwest: This year has been so random for the Northeast. Some big snow dumps, balanced by unusually warm weather through so much of the winter. This week’s outlook features a similar theme, with some accumulating snowfall, flip-flopping with warm shots originating in the Midwest and occasionally spreading to the Northeast.

Look for light new snowfall in New England from Friday afternoon through last chair as a warm front shifts toward the region. This, unfortunately, means warm air follows soon after. Temps will likely push near or above the freezing mark Friday night through midday Saturday, before slowly cooling back off Saturday night-Sunday. A similar weather system Monday of next week will again feature a shot of snow to start, especially in northern New England, but a rainy or icy mix for other parts of the Northeast. This will mean variable conditions at the mountains, but the best bets will be where the cold air hangs on longest in northern New Hampshire and Maine.

Keep an eye on mid next week for the possibility of a snowstorm for New England and parts of New York, perhaps more.

East snow total forecast through March 24. (National Weather Service)

Western U.S.: A rather active stretch for the West on tap this week. Following unusual warmth for many areas last week with spring conditions at many mountains, the next three storm systems will be elevation dependent with mostly snow in the mountains and rain at the valleys. The first storm system spreads east from California Wednesday, into the Rockies by Thursday. Look for some good snow totals in Utah’s Wasatch Range and the Colorado Rockies with around 7-14” generally through first chair Saturday, with locally higher amounts of up to 24” at the highest peaks.

The next storm system pushes onto the Pacific coast Friday, with generally high snow levels. This one will bring snow to the highest peaks of the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, but rain to the lower elevations. That system spreads inland toward the Bitterroots in Idaho and western Montana by Saturday, also some light snow showers to the interior Rockies over the weekend.

Yet one more storm will feature a similar setup as the previous, with rather high snow levels for late Sunday into early next week.

West snow total forecast through March 24. (National Weather Service)

Canada: An active stretch for Canada this week. Ample cold air will be in place both in the East and West to get new snow with each passing storm system. In the East, a storm system will bring in fresh snow to the mountains through the day Friday- should be really nice on the slopes here through the day with goggles necessary. Temps will warm up some Friday night through early Saturday with a brief break in the weather. Another storm system moves in late Sunday to Monday with a “mixed bag” of snow, ice, and some rain.

In the West, a steady plume of snow streams through British Columbia from Wednesday through Thursday, dumping 20-40cm widespread on the coastal mountains, with locally over 60 cm at the highest peaks. Snow will still linger through Friday and Saturday over most of these mountains with additional accumulation. A bit of a break in the weather to regroup Sunday into early next week with brighter skies and really nice conditions. Model forecast snowfall for Western Canada though Saturday

Model snowfall forecast for Eastern Canada through early Sunday. (Pivotal Weather)

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