SnoCountry SnoCast: Blizzard Strikes West, Becomes Major Eastern Storm
A storm that may end up being the largest from coast-to-coast is already underway. From blizzard conditions in California to feet in the East, we’ve got the entire breakdown here for where to ski and ride in the coming week.
Western U.S. & Canada
This week’s SnoCast revolves around one *major* storm, so let’s follow it from west to east. If you want the East coast details right now, just scroll down a bit. An ongoing blizzard will be dumping feet of snow in California’s Sierra Nevada range Thursday. In total, as much as 50-65” (4 to 5 FEET) of snow will fall this week (through Jan. 18) and during the event, peak wind gusts may reach 130 mph at the ridgelines. Thursday-Friday this storm spreads across nearly each state in the West, providing 12-16” for many. The Pacific Northwest and Canada will get two systems Saturday and Sunday, providing 6-9” of fresh snow this weekend. Monday will provide moderate snowfall across the U.S. Rockies, leading to bluebird conditions Tuesday. This week we love Utah’s Park City and Alta plus California’s Mammoth and Kirkwood Mountains.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
Get ready for a big weekend storm! However, beforehand, a much weaker low pressure will glide across the East Thursday night to Friday, providing 2-4” of snow for the mountains. The West coast system (mentioned above) will arrive in the East Saturday night, lasting all day Sunday. This has big snow potential with highest amounts away from the Atlantic coastline. All snow is likely for interior locations and a snow-to-rain mix for southern New England and the mid-Atlantic. There will be a widespread swath of 6-12” of snow with several locations getting 24”! Bitter cold will rush in Monday, keeping the snow light and fluffy. Tuesday will still be cold, then another winter storm could arrive as early as Wednesday. This week we love Gore Mountain, Okemo, Cannon, Sugarloaf and Mont Sutton.
Until next week! Thanks to Northern Vermont University – Lyndon meteorology students James Mundy and Francis Tarasiewicz for contributions to this article.