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Thanksgiving Snow To Fall Across Rockies; Snowmaking Continues In Midwest, Northeast

Loveland Ski AreaIf Thanksgiving freshies are on your menu, you’re in luck as yet another series of storms will deliver more than a foot of snow to some resorts through the Holiday weekend.

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From the Lake Tahoe region, and Northern Rockies, right down through Utah and Colorado, El Niño continues to deliver an epic start to the season - including up to 16 inches of new snow in California this week! A word of advice: Don’t forget the snow tires, and/or chains, if your traveling I-70 or I-80 to your favorite powder place this weekend.

“Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming will see the best chance for powder on Wednesday and Thursday, then the heaviest snow will transition to southern Colorado on Friday and Saturday,” noted OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz in his latest forecast.

Resorts along the Wasatch in Utah, including Snowbasin, Snowbird and Brighton will see fresh snow in the 4-10-inch range through the weekend. In Colorado, areas such Loveland, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Vail, Crested Butte and Aspen have a shot at 1-2 inches daily through Sunday. In southern Colorado, Wolf Creek could see a foot of new snow over the weekend. The same Southwest storm will drop freshies on Northern New Mexico’s Taos, Ski Santa Fe and Sipapu Friday into Sunday.

From the Midwest through the Northeast, recent snowmaking temperatures have allowed numerous areas to open and expand terrain for Thanksgiving. However, a late-week warming trend will suspend snowmaking operations for a couple days, before cold temperatures and a chance for light snow returns later in the weekend.

Looking toward the first week of December, a typical El Niño pattern starts to take shape with cold weather moving into the Rockies and the central part of the U.S. But the cooler weather will also be drier. On the flip side, warm moisture returns to the Southwest, Upper Midwest and Northeast, according to the Climate Prediction Center.

Photos: Top -- More snow is on the way for Loveland Ski Area (Loveland Ski Area); Below -- The Climate Prediction Center 6-10-day forecast for temperatures and precipitation.

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