Excitement for this snowy March continues at Okemo. (Okemo/Facebook)
How about this start to March? We’ve already had two nor’easters to kick off the month and another may be around the corner.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
A nor’easter will bring a deep blanket of snow across New England and the eastern mid-Atlantic Thursday into Saturday, the 8th to 10th. Periods of snow will fall Thursday, gradually diminishing to mountain snow showers Friday and Saturday as the storm weakens and drifts into Canada. A widespread 6-12” of snow is likely from eastern Pennsylvania/New York into interior New England with tallies approaching 18”+ in some areas including Vermont's Okemo, New York's Hunter Mountain, and Massachusetts' Berkshire East.
A second storm forming over the southern Plains Saturday night will race to near Cape Hatteras late Sunday. Rain will likely change to heavy, wet snow for Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia with 2-5” possible. Watch that storm as it could hook north toward New England Monday. If it comes close enough, another 6-12” snow event will be possible. However if it goes out to sea, little to no snow will fall. Keep an eye on it!
Western U.S. & Canada
The Western United States and Canada will feature warm and moist conditions for the week ahead. That means it’s time to go enjoy all of that fresh powder that fell to begin March. Comfortable riding and skiing conditions should prevail, but we do have to discuss a couple storms. A relatively strong low pressure system will make landfall in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday night, 7th, and affect the region through Thursday night. More moisture will spill into the northern Rockies Friday-Saturday, before another small swath of moisture will move over the Southwest Saturday-Sunday.
All systems will bring precipitation to the Cascades, Sierras, and Rockies, but snowfall will be restricted to higher elevations because of the slightly above average temperatures present in the area this week. Heavier snow and colder temperatures are on the horizon, but may not arrive until Wednesday the 14th. Resorts to head to this week include California's Mt. Rose, Idaho's Pomerelle Mountain, and Washington's Mt. Spokane.
Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.