I grew up near Philadelphia and loved winters like this one. Multiple cold snaps, snow storms (not rain storms), and snow on the ground giving the landscape that wintertime feel. So it warms my heart to see cold air and snow continue to be in the forecast for the east.
But what about the dry ridge of high pressure over the west? Will it move away anytime soon? Yes! Multiple storms later next week will begin to break down the ridge, and powder will return to the northern Rockies. There's even a chance that California and the southern Rockies will see appreciable snow starting in early February.
For all the good news, check in with your local forecaster.
The northern Rockies have the most snow in the country.
Over the last week, Jackson Hole, Wyoming measured 44 inches of fresh pow, and they have 18 feet (216 inches) on the season. See more photos of the recent snow.
For the next 7-10 days, the atmosphere will take some time off across the west. Sunny skies will cover the area while the east turns colder. Then snow will return to the Rockies (and maybe west coast?) during the last days of January and into early February as the ridge moves away and a cool trough takes its place.
More from your local forecaster.
UPDATE 2/8: Guess it wasn’t all hype this time. The widespread blizzard (dubbed Nemo) that has been top of the news all week is here. Governors of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have already declared state of emergency conditions.
A massive winter storm that blew through the Northwest dropped a historic amount of snow on Stevens Pass, Wa. – 39 inches in 12 hours.
The forecast was calling for a dusting ... just a minor tasting, right? But Mother Nature served up an early buffet of snow - 2-4 inches of it - at Utah's Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort on Tuesday, Sept. 25.