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SnoCountry SnoCast: Strong Western Systems, Eastern Lake Effect


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A powerful weather system delivers heavy snow across the West through Friday, then leads to lake effect snow during the weekend for the East.

Western U.S. & Canada

An ongoing storm will greet us Thursday with heavy snow and wind, continuing Friday as it slides east. The Sierra Nevada will get heavy snow above 7,000 feet elevation Thursday with total accumulations of 12-36” and up to 48”! Heads up, Mammoth and Mt. Rose!

Snowfall forecast through Friday, November 17. The yellows/oranges indicate 6-12” and reds indicate more than 12”.  (NOAA/NWS)

Snowfall forecast for northern California through Sunday, November 19. (WeatherBell)

Up to 16” will fall in the higher elevations of Idaho. Wyoming’s Tetons will receive 12-24” Thursday into Friday and Colorado is set for 6-12” with locally higher amounts.

Snowfall forecast for Colorado through Sunday, November 19. (WeatherBell)

A break will give us time to enjoy the new snow Saturday and Sunday before another, weaker system arrives Monday. The next storm will be Wednesday, so keep an eye out for that one!

Midwest, Eastern U.S. & Canada

Cold and *some* snow is the forecast through Wednesday the 22nd. A quick storm Thursday night will give parts of the Northeast a shot of snow with accumulations of 2-6” by Friday for Bretton Woods and Sugarloaf

Snowfall forecast through Friday, November 17. The blues indicate 2-6”. (NOAA/NWS)

The West weather system will arrive in the East Saturday and Sunday with rain turning to snow. Lake effect snow will fall along the southern/eastern edges of the Great Lakes Saturday, Sunday, and possibly Monday as colder air sets in. In fact, this cold front may bring light accumulation all the way down to parts of West Virginia late Sunday.

Snowfall forecast through Tuesday morning, November 21. The purples indicate 6” or more and pinks 10” or more. (NOAA/NCEP/GFS)

It will remain cold enough for snowmaking operations for most of the time too, especially Sunday to Wednesday. 

Temperature forecast compared to average through Tuesday, November 21. Blues and greens indicate colder than average temperatures and oranges/reds indicate warmer. (NOAA/NCEP/CFS)

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