SnoCountry SnoCast: Season’s First Storm Slams Southwest
Heavy, accumulating snow will reach all the way south to San Diego’s mountains and dump up to two feet of snow in Arizona and the Four Corners.
Western U.S. & Canada
We begin our weekly weather outlook with snow unfolding for the ski areas in California, Arizona, and New Mexico! Our young season’s first heavy snowfall will be ongoing Thursday morning across the Desert Southwest. Because of the location of the weather system, look for the heaviest accumulations (10-20”) in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the San Francisco Peaks of Arizona and the Big Bear region of southern California.
The storm will end with sun and flurries on Friday. Arizona Snowbowl, Wolf Creek, Aspen, and Brighton are some of our favorite spots this week. What’s nice about this storm is that it will clear by Friday and lead to a beautifully-sunny Saturday for you to go enjoy the fresh powder. The next storm will arrive Saturday night in British Columbia. It will spread heavy snow showers into Alberta and then Washington, Oregon and Idaho Sunday.
British Columbia will see 20-30 cm of snow perhaps even up to 50 cm! That same storm will bring colder air and snow to most of the West on Monday-Tuesday.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
Smaller, windy storm systems will bring light to moderate snow accumulations to portions of the East/Midwest this week. Thursday, Minnesota and South Dakota will have falling snow and can expect 3-6” by nightfall. The snow will then move into Ontario and Quebec with 8-12 cm through Friday. The Northeast will get mixed precipitation Friday, changing to snow showers Friday night. It will be colder Saturday for a snowmaking opportunity.
Keep an eye on Sunday’s forecast. As of this writing, weather models hint at a coastal storm near New England. The predictability at this time is low, however if it comes true it will bring moderate snowfall to parts of southeastern New England. Also monitor the Midwest Tuesday-Wednesday (Nov. 26-27) as models indicate a potentially strong winter storm just west of the Great Lakes. This week we like Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Sommet Saint Sauveur, Jay Peak and Hunter Mountain.