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SnoCast: Tricks and Treats in the Forecast

Keystone_Oct23_tw Keystone Resort delivers treats to skiers and riders as they get set to open Friday, October 28 for the season with chilly air and snow in the forecast. (Keystone/Twitter)

The weather won't be too scary this Halloween weekend. Tricky weather for the East, while the West eagerly awaits it's next fluffy, white treat. Let's dive into this week's SnoCast forecast. 

This past week, the West got it's first true taste of the colder season. Several inches to (in some cases) more than a foot of snow fell at the higher peaks from the Washington Cascades to the southern Rockies. A few mountains picked up over 2 feet of snow, including Big Sky, Alta, and Snowbird


Forecast (Oct. 27-Nov. 2)

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On Thursday, the Colorado Rockies woke up to an impressive overnight snow with 5-10" overnight around Vail, Beaver Creek, and Aspen. A fresh 3-6" (locally 6"+ at higher peaks) of snow will continue Thursday day for southern Colorado and New Mexico's peaks as the system departs to the south. Good news for ski areas like Purgatory, Telluride, Wolf Creek, Taos, and Red River.

Meanwhile, a steady stream of Pacific moisture delivers a steady snow to British Columbia's Coast Range and clips the northern Washington Cascades through Friday, delivering very localized high elevation snow over 6 inches, including around Mt. Baker and Apex.

Mainly dry and seasonable temps follow for most of the West through Halloween, before the next big storm system digs in delivering a widespread treat of snow and colder weather to the Western mountains through next week. Snow dives across the northern Rockies and northern Sierras of California by Tuesday and Wednesday, before overspreading the central and southern Rockies by late next week.  While too far out in the forecast to get much detail on exact snow totals, it looks like enough snow to help a few more high-elevation ski areas open up next week and build the base for others. 


High pressure and therefore fair weather builds into the East Thursday through the upcoming weekend. While a brief window of near freezing temps will grace New England peaks early Friday morning, a slow warming trend develops through early next week with no sign of any natural snow in sight this week (tricks!). Temps will stay about 5-15 degrees above average through next week, which (for some) may be a treat to enjoy Halloween and the turn into November. 

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Check our snow reports page to keep track of openings dates and new snow for those already turning chairs! We'll see you next week for another SnoCast


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