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SnoCountry SnoCast: Rockies Still Snowy, East Gets Everything


Aspen Snowmass in a sweet spot this week. (Jordan Curet)

The Eastern United States will see it all this week from snow and cold to warmth and rain. The West will be consistently snowy, especially across the Rockies.

Western U.S. & Canada

The Western United States and Canada will be cool and moist this week, therefore snow here we come! A low pressure system will bring cold, moist air into the Pacific Northwest and Rockies on Thursday the 15th. This will bring a general 4-8” however up to 12” in localized areas.

(Friday Weather Map) Surface weather map Friday, February 16. (NOAA/NCEP)

Friday and Saturday, snow showers will continue across British Columbia, Alberta, and the Northwest U.S. The next stronger system will arrive Sunday to Tuesday across most of the West with a lot of snow and wind. Totals with that event alone look to be a widespread 8-16.”

This week's snowfall. (WeatherBell)

Areas in a favorable pattern this week are Colorado’s Wolf Creek, New Mexico’s Taos, and Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

A mild but active pattern will bring multiple snow opportunities across the upper Great Lakes and eastern Canada. This active weather pattern will bring warmer air to the East for the remainder of the month with several fronts bringing additional snow opportunities. Mild temperatures on Thursday will yield to an arctic cold front Friday beginning as rain then changing to light snow. Saturday will be cool and dry but another wave of low pressure may bring 2-4” of snow to the Appalachians from West Virginia northward.

Surface weather map Sunday, February 18. (NOAA/NCEP)

Then begins the warming trend Monday as temperatures reach +10 to +30 degrees compared to average and some rain showers fall. Hang on though, as indications point to March beginning colder and more favorable for snow in the East. Favorable areas this week are Wisconsin’s Wilmot Mountain, Maine’s Sunday River, and Quebec’s Mont Belu.

Colder temperatures (blue) vs. warmer temps (red). (NOAA/CPC)


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


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