Resorts across the northern tier of New England are reporting a foot or more of snow, while Southern New England seems to have been untouched.

Cold weather ideal for snowmaking, however, has the entire Northeast firmly in its grasp.

Karl Stone of Ski NH said Bretton Woods reported 16 inches of new snow, Cannon Mountain 10 inches, Loon Mountain 8-to-9 inches, and Mount Sunapee and Ragged Mountain, at the southern edge of the snowstorm, 1 inch.

"The storm was relatively surprising," Stone told OnTheSnow, "not in the sense that snow fell, but the quantities were a pleasant surprise. We were expecting some snow and some accumulations, but not what we ended up with, which were on the very high end of the spectrum.

"I'd say as good or better is the weather we're having, temperature-wise, where we're going to get a week of around-the-clock snowmaking. That's what all the ski areas in New England dream about at this time of year," Stone said.

"It's the best scenario: natural snow to get people excited, and then the snowmaking weather, just what we hope for at this time of year heading into the holidays," Stone said.

The scenario repeated inVermont, where Killington, Stowe, Smugglers' Notch and Jay Peak all reported a foot overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Maine also got significant snow from the 24-hour storm, and Sugarloaf is reporting 14 inches since Saturday Dec. 4.

"We weren't expecting much more than a couple inches out of this storm, so you can definitely say that we were pleasantly surprised," said Sugarloaf's Ethan Austin. "With a foot of new snow this morning the skiing was just incredible, and with great snowmaking conditions all week we should be in store for a good weekend."

It's the third significant storm to hit the region since October.

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