SnoCountry SnoCast: A Mixed Bag Kind of Forecast
It’s a mixed bag of weather for the U.S. and Canada this week. Some will get snow, others get very mild temperatures for this last full week of February.
Read this week's SnoCast to find out what to expect by region Feb. 22- 27.
East: Last week was one to remember in the East. Two major storms…epic amounts of powder. Over a seven day stretch, snow amounts eclipsed 50 inches at Jay Peak and Burke Mountain in Vermont. Parts of New York, New Hampshire and Maine mountains also cashed in big on the past two storms. Good thing they did, because the snowpack may take a hit this upcoming week with warm temperatures in the forecast. Abnormally warm weather is expected for the entire Eastern U.S., stretching from Florida to Maine. For our ski areas, temperatures will likely stay at or above the freezing mark through the weekend. Thanks to an already deep base of snow, you’ll still be able to get out and enjoy spring-like turns on soft snow conditions.
Midwest: It’s been a blow torch of a February for so much of the country, but the Midwest has taken the biggest heat. Temps have been running well above normal, making it tough for snow to stay on the ground for many areas. That will change some this week as a storm takes aim on the Midwest. The track of the storm is key here, with the storm center most likely tracking from Eastern Colorado on Thursday, northeastward through Iowa by Friday, and onward to Michigan by the weekend. Look for snow on the north side of the Low track, especially for southern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and the U.P. of Michigan for best bets on late week snow. Best Bets: Afton Alps, Ski Brule, Christie Mtn, Big Snow Resort
West: The West continues the winter onslaught of storm after storm. It’s been a tough week for valleys out West, with flooding rainfall. Meanwhile, the higher peaks have benefited from deep snowfall in many cases with all the moisture streaming in. This week, three storm systems to watch for. One brings decent snowfall to the interior Rockies Wednesday-Thursday as Low pressure deepens over Eastern Colorado. 6-12 inches will fall for ski areas in Northern Colorado, Wyoming, and perhaps several inches in Idaho and Montana as well. Here's the forecast snowfall map from the National Weather Service through late Friday (Feb. 24).
Look for more snow over the Cascades of Washington and Oregon, and Sierra Nevadas of California with two smaller systems Friday night-Saturday, then again Sunday-early Monday.
Canada: This week looks somewhat benign for Canadian ski areas. Much like in the U.S., the Western country will feature colder temps than the East. There may be just a light coating of snow on the tail end of a system over the weekend for Quebec ski areas. Unfortunately, this follows a warm stretch, so conditions may be a bit icy. In the West, look for light snow possible for the peaks of British Columbia from Friday into the weekend.
'Til next week's SnoCast! Happy skiing and riding.