SnoCountry SnoCast: February Ends With Winter In The West/Midwest
Pristine conditions to continue for Mt. Bachelor in Oregon. (Mt. Bachelor/Facebook)
It’s surely feeling and looking like winter across the West and Midwest as we wrap up the month. The East begins cooling off with snowmaking temps and better chances for new snowfall.
Western U.S. & Canada
The weather pattern is going to be favorable for cold and snow for nearly all of the West. Thursday will feature light to moderate snow (4-6”) from the Sierra Nevada to Colorado with widespread 10s & 20s for temperatures. Friday to Saturday, British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest get a fresh batch of snow and wind with 4-8” snow totals. That same moisture scoots into Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado Sunday yielding 3-6.” Monday to Wednesday the potential exists for a stronger coastal system from B.C. to California which, depending on speed, may move inland. Resorts in favorable spots this week include British Columbia's Kicking Horse, Washington's Mission Ridge, and Utah's Brian Head.
I must include a special section for the Midwest because ‘stripes’ of snow are in store. Places to watch will be Wisconsin's Whitecap Mountain and Minnesota's Lutsen Mountains. The time to watch is the weekend of the 24-25th as a strong low pressure system moves through. A narrow corridor of 6-12” snowfall will be likely.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
After an early taste of spring, a cooler, more seasonable weather pattern will gradually set up over the East with several snowfall opportunities. A weak system may bring a quick 2-5” over the Catskills, Poconos, and Berkshires Thursday into Friday. Meanwhile another weak system will lay down 1-2” Friday/Friday night across the northern Great Lakes, upper Ontario, Quebec, and Maine. A more robust system may bring 3-6” of heavy wet snow Sunday/Sunday night to far northern New England, the upper Great Lakes, and Quebec. Watch for decent totals at Ontario's Blue Mountain.
Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.