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SnoCast: It's Beginning to Look Like Ski Season

a picture of snowmaking during sunrise Cold air has allowed consistent snowmaking in the East, including at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, which will open Saturday, November 19. (StoweMtnResort/Twitter)

With more resorts opening, chilly temperatures, and new snow for the Northeast, Midwest, and Northwest, we're officially calling it ski season. Let's dive into the weather outlook in this week's SnoCast. 

East

We have to start in the East. Snowmaking has been full steam ahead allowing any many ski areas to start turning chairs just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, including Killington, Stowe, Ski Brule, Lutsen, and others

In the forecast, intense lake effect snow bands continue to bury area east of the Great Lakes through Saturday, especially across the UP and western Michigan and New York state. Lake effect snow is a very isolated event, delivering intense, narrow bands of snow just downwind of the Great Lakes, but don't be surprised to see flakes carry all the way to western New England or Canada if the wind is just right.

The National Weather Service highlights up to four feet of snow in the heaviest areas of western New York. While it doesn't seem anyone is open right under the heaviest snow, many will still benefit, including around Shanty Creek, Boyne, Kissing Bridge, Holiday Valley, and even up to around Whiteface in the Adirondacks. 

A map of the Great Lakes region with colorized blobs representing snow

 A map of wester New York State with colors indicating intense lake effect snow east of Lakes Erie and Ontario

Snow tapers over the weekend and leaves behind pleasant weather early next week. There is some hint of a storm system potentially developing around Thanksgiving for the Northeast, but there is still a lot of uncertainty on details, so keep an eye on the forecast.

Check out ski reports for the Northeast, Midwest, and Southeast (yes, ski areas in North Carolina are open--Sugar Mountain won the race in the East!)

 

West

The West has seen it's fair share of snow recently, too, setting the stage for an excellent Thanksgiving holiday week of skiing and riding. Light snow tapers and shifts south off the southern Colorado and New Mexico Rockies Thursday, followed by mainly dry and pleasant conditions over the weekend for most of the West. 

The West's next storm system arrives over the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia by Tuesday. This system will bring light to moderate totals to the Cascades, northern Rockies, and B.C.'s Coast Range (heads up Stevens PassSchweitzer and Silver). Conditions will generally trend warmer across the West leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

See ya next week for another SnoCast. You can always keep up with latest snow tweet's from SnoCountry and me, Kerrin Jeromin.

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