Meteorologist Steve Glazier enjoyed April riding at Colorado's Arapahoe Basin this week. (Steve Glazier)
Record cold temperatures are on tap for the weekend of April 7-8, allowing snow pack to last a little longer while creating opportunities for spring snowfall in some areas!
Western U.S. & Canada
This week will feature a very active weather pattern as the conveyor belt of moisture out of the Pacific shows no sign of letting up.
Thursday, heaviest precipitation will fall across Wyoming and the central Rockies with 8-15 inches at the summits and 3-8” at the bases. Friday, another atmospheric river will arrive in California pumping in huge amounts of rain, with some snow. Above 10,000 feet elevation 6-12 inches of snow is likely, however the resort bases will get a rain/snow mix.
Saturday and Sunday another heavy batch of rain/snow will move from Washington to Colorado with snowfall 6-12” at the peaks and 3-6” at the bases. Resorts that should be on everyone’s radar this week are British Columbia's Big White Ski, Wyoming's Jackson Hole, and Colorado's Cooper Mountain.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
Spring is coming, but in the meantime more snow is on the way! A powerful storm moving offshore Thursday morning, April, will leave behind a 6-10” swath of snow from Wisconsin eastward into Quebec and northern Maine. The storm will be followed by brisk northwest winds, lingering mountain flurries, and even a few lake-effect snow showers. A clipper system will then bring a widespread 1-3” snowfall to the interior Northeast with localized 6+” amounts over higher mountains Friday into Saturday. Yet another storm will move through the Southern Appalachians on Saturday likely bringing several more inches of heavy, wet snow from the Ohio Valley to the Mid-Atlantic.
This weekend’s prime ski conditions will be found at Michigan's Boyne Mountain, Quebec's Le Massif and New Hampshire's Wildcat Mountain. Weekend afternoon temperatures will remain unseasonably cool in the 30s to low 40s preserving the snow pack for another awesome weekend of spring skiing.
Lyndon State College seniors Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.