SnoCountry SnoCast: Quieter Weather Pattern…Great Conditions!
In this week’s SnoCast, the weather calms down… briefly. After a hyper-active 1-2 weeks behind us, some light shots of snow will continue to add to an already outstanding season.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
Coming off fresh snowfall for most of the Northeast, ski areas are loving conditions. Sunday River in Maine tallied 12 inches, while Burke Mountain in Vermont picked up nearly a foot and a half of fresh powder with the most recent storm.
Despite a pretty chilly few days, the Northeast will continue to have great conditions into the weekend. A lingering brisk wind from the northwest will keep snow showers across many of the New York and New England mountains through Friday, with an additional light coating of 2-6” possible, mainly on those west and northwest facing slopes (look to Stowe, Smugglers Notch, Jay Peak, and Bretton Woods).
Farther south, a storm system will cruise across the southeastern U.S., bringing additional snow to the ski areas of the Virginias, especially Sunday (Jan. 13). Here's looking at you, Wintergreen and Snowshoe Resorts.
Western U.S. & Canada
It’s been storm after storm over the past two weeks out west, but the weather will take a brief break to allow conditions to settle. Many resorts will get a chance to groom and maintain all the new snow received as of late. Mammoth Mountain in California boasts more than four feet of snow at the peaks in the past week due to a stormy pattern.
In fact, the season totals around the West have been nothing short of impressive. Some of the top resort totals this season include Mt Baker (Washington) with 214”, Jackson Hole (Wyoming) with 196”, Steamboat (Colorado) with 136”, and Mammoth Mountain (California) with 118”.
In the days ahead, a weak system will bring mountain snow to the Colorado RockiesFriday with 2-6” generally (most at the highest peaks). In the longer range, look to the Sierra Nevadas in California by early-mid week (around January 15-17) for heavy snowfall. Amounts are difficult to pinpoint this far out in the forecast, but early estimates indicate a foot or more will be possible.
Until next week! Thanks to Northern Vermont University – Lyndon meteorology students James Mundy and Francis Tarasiewicz for contributions to this article.