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SnoCountry SnoCast: Strong Storm For Groundhog Day

Mission-Ridge-Cover-Picture Washington's Mission Ridge will have a nice start to February. Twitter.com/skimissionridge

Regardless of the Groundhog Day winter prediction, we have a big weekend storm to discuss, plus a lot of the season still left!

Eastern U.S. & Canada

The East will see fairly significant changes in the weather day-to-day this forecast period. Thursday will begin sunny, cool and pleasant. Then our attention turns to a coastal low-pressure system riding up (but just offshore) of the East coast. This begins with a developing low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico Friday. It will be cold enough for snow down to western North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia through Friday night!

The low pressure system will move nearby the East coast Saturday and Saturday night. Due to the storm’s path just offshore, snow totals will most likely be 2-4” this weekend. Sunday will turn colder and breezier, while another storm system approaches early in the week. Keep an eye on Tuesday and Wednesday when we will get another chance at snow, but also mixed precipitation. This week we love Cataloochee, Massanutten, Canaan Valley and Spring Mountain.

Western U.S. & Canada

A strong storm will barrel down the West, starting on Groundhog Day weekend and lasting through the early part of the week. In the meantime, Thursday will start off with light-moderate snow showers for the Rockies, generally with 2-4” of snowfall. Friday will clear out for most, however rain and snow will begin in the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia and Alberta. This will be the big weekend storm. However, it will be very warm with this system, so snow levels will be quite high (around 8,000 feet). The strong cold front will reach Oregon Saturday, then California to Wyoming Sunday and finally southern California and the Four Corners Monday. This will dump 5-10” for most places but isolated spots will get up to 24”!

It will turn much colder behind this weather system for the first part of February. This week we love Mt. Seymour, Castle Mountain, Mission Ridge and Mt. Shasta. See you next week!


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