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SnoCountry SnoCast: Fourth Nor’easter Departs, Sierras Get Whacked


Feet of snow is on the way for the Sierra Nevada range (Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows/Facebook)

Got that end-of-the-year spring skiing pass? Now is the time to use it! Epic March conditions continue for most of the East and parts of the West.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

We have to begin the discussion in the East because, I mean c’mon, a fourth nor’easter? Well yes, and that storm departs New England and eastern Canada Thursday with some additional snow. Any fresh snow will stick around too because Thursday and Friday will stay chilly/breezy.

Snowfall through Thursday, March 22. (NOAA/NWS)

Snowfall through Friday, March 23. (NOAA/NWS)
Heads up, Virginias! Another low pressure system will glide through the mid-Atlantic Saturday/Sunday (24th-25th) with the potential of 3-6” or more. It’s a tough rain/snow line, so check in with updated forecasts by the weekend. Cool weather dominates the East through Monday, but for late-March that means 30s/40s for highs and 10s/20s for lows. Warmer air returns Tuesday, albeit briefly through Thursday the 29th. Once again, everywhere looks great but I love Maryland’s Wisp Resort, Massachusetts’s Ski Butternut, and New Hampshire’s Mount Sunapee.

Western U.S. & Canada

Sierra Nevada. That is all. Well, most of the immediate West will get decent snow but absurd amounts are dropping along the California/Nevada border. Heaviest snow will fall there, north to the Cascades and British Columbia Thursday, lighter but still snowing Friday too. Once again, FEET of snow will drop in California, a range of 2-5 feet for most through the end of the week.

Snowfall forecast through Tuesday, March 27. (Tropicaltidbits)

Snowfall forecast through Wednesday, March 28. (WeatherBell)

Saturday-Sunday another (weaker) system will impact B.C. to California again with 6-12 more inches, finally moving into Wyoming, the Rockies, and Four Corners by Monday. Through Wednesday I expect a solid 6-8”+ for Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado. This week I'm feeling British Columbia's SilverStar, California's Kirkwood, and Washington's Whitepass. Feet of snow is nice, but be careful of avalanches as you trek out this week.

Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.

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