SnoCast: It's Beginning to Look Like Ski Season
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.
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.
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.
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 Pass, Schweitzer and Silver). Conditions will generally trend warmer across the West leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.