One strong spring storm will pack a powder punch for much of the West for the second full weekend of April. Meanwhile in the East, an incredible temperature contrast will exist near the Canadian border.
Western U.S. & Canada
It's that time of the year when resorts hold one final bash to cap off the season. Natural "fireworks" will be in the sky and no, we're not talking lightning but rather heavy snow!
The first strong spring storm will be ongoing for British Columbia (BC) and the Northwest Thursday, April 12. It will spread through the central Rockies Friday and Saturday providing 7-10" of snow for most spots above 7,000' elevation. That means we love BC's Sun Peaks, Montana's Big Sky, and Utah's Brighton this week! The second spring system will arrive on Sunday in the Northwest, once again spreading through much of the Rockies Monday and Tuesday.
The Midwest gets a mention this week because of a huge late-season storm. Thursday and Friday will be snowy for parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan (and Ontario) so for those resorts opening back up this weekend, enjoy!
Eastern U.S. & Canada
Incredible warmth and bitter cold will be separated by only a short distance this week, making for a challenging forecast. If you're looking for snow/cold go farther north. Resorts in/around the Canadian border stand the best chance to stay colder and snowier this week.
That's why this week we love Quebec's Tremblant and New Hampshire's Bretton Woods. Light rain/snow showers will move through the East Thursday, then a heavier mix Friday/Saturday. Snow will change to rain, and vice versa, before finally drying out Tuesday as a cold front passes. The best snow opportunity will be in Quebec and northern New England, take a look.
Lyndon State College senior meteorology students Philomon Geertson and Liam Kelleher contributed to this article.