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SnoCountry SnoCast: Janu-BURIED Comes To A Close

Alta_FB_Rocko-Menzyk-Photography Alta picked up an incredible 70 inches of snow in the last week. (Alta/Facebook - Rocko Menzyn Photography)

It’s been an incredible January for so many ski areas across North America. January will be one to remember with snow-packed storms, keeping soft turn after soft turn.

Western U.S. & Canada

There’s only one way to summarize the West this past week…BURIED. Many western resorts picked up FEET of new snow. Some of the top tallies include:

Squaw Valley, California - 94” in 7 days

Northstar, California - 80” in 7 days

Snowbird, Utah – 77” in 6 days

Alpine Meadows, California - 70" in 6 days

Alta, Utah – 70” in 6 days

Brighton, Utah – 62” in 6 days

Sun returns over the southwest this weekend after Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was buried under 70-90 inches (nearly 6-8 FEET) of snow over the past 7 days (Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows /Facebook - Matt Bansak)

Going into this weekend, new snow will take a break for the weekend, with light snow showers falling for the Rockies Wednesday -Thursday, Jan 24, totaling 2-4” for the interior west mountains. Some locally higher amounts will fall for the Washington Cascades to the peaks of Idaho. Some best bets through this weekend will include Steamboat, Vail, Silver Mountain, Brundage, and any of those top reaching California or Utah ski areas from this past week.

Forecast model snowfall for the western U.S. brings light snow and a break from big storms (TropicalTidbits.com)

Eastern U.S. & Canada

After the most recent winter wallop in the Northeast, ski areas had an incredible MLK weekend. Some top reports from the recent snow include:

Suicide Six, Vermont – 30” in 4 days

Jay Peak, Vermont – 29” in 4 days

Smugglers Notch, Vermont – 27” in 5 days

Gore Mountain, New York – 23” in 5 days

Sunday River, Maine – 18” in 4 days

Last week’s nor’easter dumped 27 inches of fresh powder on Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont (Smugglers Notch/Facebook)

Going forward, after a warm Wednesday, much colder air will return to the Northeast. You’re going to need the layers if you plan to head out Saturday this coming weekend as bone chilling temps settle in. Temps will moderate, with some quick moving shots of snow Sunday and Monday that will bring a few new inches to the slopes. Best bets – look to Killington, Stratton Mountain, Gore Mountain, Sugarloaf, and Sunday River.

Forecast model snowfall for the eastern U.S. brings light snow to the interior northeast mountains through the weekend (TropicalTidbits.com)

Longer term into the start of February, it looks as though the colder than normal temperatures will lock in to the Eastern U.S. 

Temperature outlook for late Jan. -early Feb. (NOAA)

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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