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SnoCountry SnoCast: Major Storm Brings Eastern Blizzard


Lost Valley in Maine rejoicing recent cold and snow along with many others. (Lost Valley/Facebook)

An incredibly-powerful ocean storm will move close to the East coast Thursday and Friday while moisture returns to the Sierra for the first time in several weeks.

Eastern U.S. & Canada

An oceanic storm of epic proportions will intensify just offshore of the East Coast Thursday. Widespread snow will fall from the Carolinas to New England with heaviest amounts east, 6-18” from eastern North Carolina to Maine, including Yawgoo Valley, Shawnee Peak, and Mont Orford.

Snowfall forecast through Friday night, January 5. (NOAA/NDFD)

This storm may be too strong however, because winds Thursday, Friday, and even Saturday will be so intense that lifts may be closed, power outages will be likely, and driving conditions will be difficult.

Wind forecast roughly 5,000 feet above sea level shows 70 mph winds Thursday night. (Tropicaltidbits)

The best day to enjoy fresh snow will be Saturday-Sunday for the Southeast and Sunday for the Northeast. Another system may bring a rain/snow mix Tuesday to Wednesday. The Great Lakes will receive several more inches of lake effect snow while it remains cold and breezy.

Western U.S. & Canada

The Sierra-Nevada range in California-Nevada will get its first decent shot at precipitation in several weeks. This will come in batches Thursday-Sunday, welcome news for Sierra at Tahoe and Squaw Valley. The West will receive light to moderate rain/snow events Thursday to Saturday, then early in the week with snowfall of 4-8” above 6,000 feet elevation likely at each event.

Friday's weather map shows the next elongated low pressure system hitting the West. (NOAA/NCEP)

The entire week will provide a general 8-12”+ for the highest peaks, including Castle Mountain. Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico will still be drier-than-average, the story of the season so far, but some snow of 4-8” is possible in Colorado Saturday-Sunday.

Snowfall forecast through Wednesday morning, January 10. (Weatherbell)

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


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