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SnoCountry SnoCast: Spring Days & Fresh Snow

Jeff-Cricco-courtesy-of-Wolf-Creek-Ski-Area With more than 450 inches of snow on the year (more than 160 percent of average), Wolf Creek will bring in more snow this week, along with the entire Four Corners region of the U.S. (Wolf Creek/Jeff Cricco)

Spring is officially here on the calendar, and right on cue, we'll find both areas of fresh snowfall combined with pleasant, sunny days to hit the trails.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

In the East, we’ve got a spring-like coastal storm on our hands for Friday-Saturday. Unlike mid-winter storms where enough cold air is locked in for all snow, this one will feature a mixed bag, but potential for decent snow amounts if enough cold air can hold on. The greatest potential for snow comes in New York’s Adirondacks as cold air wraps in from the west through Saturday. Vermont’s northern mountains may also benefit from the cold wrapping in Saturday. Totals are tough to pinpoint with these “mixed” systems, but 3-6” generally looks like a good bet for lower base areas, with 6-12"+ at most mid elevations.  New York’s Adirondack peaks win this one with potential for12-18"+!

Whiteface - Whiteface Mountain in New York enjoys beautiful Spring sunshine and groomed trails, as will many eastern ski areas this weekend (Whiteface /Facebook)

Look to New York’s Whiteface and Titus Mountain ski areas, as well as Stowe, Bolton Valley, and Smugglers Notch in Vermont.

Conditions will turn milder and pleasant, even sunny for most areas in the Northeast Sunday-Monday to go enjoy conditions.

Snow forecast for the northeast through Saturday, March 23. A coastal system plus brisk west winds will bring the northern mountains decent snow totals into the weekend.

Western U.S. & Canada

It's been a really amazing winter for the West. With snow pack well above average for most mountain ranges, we'll likely be hanging on to snow well into the spring.

U.S. snow depth as of March 20. Healthy snow pack will keep many ski areas going well into Spring. (NOAA)

Up next, a weak storm system pushes into the western Four Corners region, with a few inches of snow for many areas, with 2-5", locally 6”+ over Utah and Arizona peaks. The highest tallies will likely come in Southwestern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains Thursday where Winter Storm Warnings are in effect through Friday where 8-16” of snow will fall at the peaks!  Winds may be slightly gusty, but still a very fine day shaping up Thursday through first chair Friday. Look to Wolf Creek, Purgatory, Telluride.

Expect another weak system to head through the Northwest Saturday-Sunday. Most of the snow will come for Idaho’s Bitterroots Saturday night-Sunday with around 3-6”. Look to Sun Valley or Bogus Basin for great weekend conditions in Idaho.  

Otherwise, the West will experience seasonal temps and pleasant days to round into the last week of March.

A few Until next week! Thanks to Northern Vermont University – Lyndon meteorology students James Mundy and Francis Tarasiewicz for contributions to this article.

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