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SnoCountry SnoCast: Still Some Snow Left In The Gas Tank

Steamboat-Springs Spring skiing at Steamboat Springs in Colorado. (Larry Pierce)

Welcome to April! It’s the month to have a little more fun and perhaps get those last runs of the season in. Hurry though! As warmer weather approaches and ski resorts close, our time is limited. Here’s what the weather has to offer this week.

Western U.S. & Canada

This month we’ll try to find the snow where it can be found and the sunny, warm days for those special season-closing events. Here’s some good news. We expect April to be wetter-than-average for most locations in the U.S. and southern Canada. This will mean continued streams of snow for the high peaks.

Snow forecast through Saturday, April 6. (NWS)

Snow across the Northwest through Tuesday, April 9. (WeatherBell)

Northern California to British Columbia will be up first with an approaching storm Thursday to Friday. Snow levels will be dropping from 7,000 feet to 4,500’ by Friday night. The storm pushes across the Rockies Saturday and in total brings 8-14” above 9,000’ and 4-8” below.

Green shows higher moisture levels Monday, April 8. (Tropical Tidbits)

An ‘atmospheric river’ sets up from Oregon to Alberta and adjacent states/territories Monday-Tuesday. Above 6,000’ expect another 6-8”. With each storm comes plenty of wind, especially at the summits. This week we love Bridger Bowl, Jackson Hole, Schweitzer, Panorama Mountain and Marmot Basin.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

Thursday begins breezy and cool with a few snow showers. The first of two storms this week approaches Friday. This will bring snow/sleet to northern New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine with totals of 2-5”.

Saturday and Sunday should be enjoyably-nice days!

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Monday the second storm system approaches. Yet again, southern Quebec and northern New England sit in the best spot for snow. That batch will put down another 2-5”, most near the Canadian border.

Snowfall through Tuesday, April 9.  (Pivotal Weather)

Monday-Wednesday will stay mostly cloudy with snow/rain showers at times across much of the East. This week we love Cannon, Gore, Smuggs and Mont Orford.

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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