Winter will make a brief return to the Northeast this week, as the weather pattern flips from East to West.
In the West, which has been hit with storm after storm, will dry out a bit as warm sunshine returns. In the East, snow and cold arrives. While the upcoming weather pattern will not bring 2-3 feet of snow from a single giant storm, rounds of snow from multiple storms will create refreshing “powder days” in the Northeast, especially for areas in Southern New England, New York and New Jersey – Jiminy Peak, Ski Butternut, Hunter Mountain and Mountain Creek to name a few. Meanwhile in the West, sunshine returns to California, Utah and Colorado.
“Cool air will filter in … and downright cold air should fly in from Canada this weekend with multiple chances for snow,” noted OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz in his latest weather blog. “This upcoming period of chilly weather in the northeast may not save the season, but it will be a good reminder that real winter conditions can exist in New England!”
The forecast is good news for Boston, which hosts the Polartec Big Air at Fenway, featuring the world’s top skiers and snowboarders competing on a 140-foot high snow ramp Thursday and Friday. U.S. Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), slopestyle skiing silver medalist Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO), slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) and Olympian Ty Walker (Stowe, VT) are among the elite group of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls expected to participate.
The coldest air of the season will settle into the Northeast quick visit over the weekend.
“My reading of this forecast is that I think the Western US and Canada should get back to stormier weather during the second half of February, but I am unsure what will happen in the East,” Gratz said. “I doubt that the super cold weather that we'll see this week will persist for the entire second half of February, but cold shots and additional coastal storms are likely.”
For more details on the weather, check out the OpenSnow.com regional forecasts by their team of meteorologists. And of course, check out the daily new snow totals to find out where the fresh snow has fallen.