Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow. OK, so be careful driving. But, the storms taking dead aim on some of your favorite skiing and riding mountains look to ensure a very Merry Christmas season.
OnTheSnow.com weather wonks say weekend storms will pay big dividends for those of us who slide on them in the mountains of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and up and down the state of California.
Hold onto your hats. OnTheSnow radio producer R.C. Williams tells us "this one could be particularly nasty for the High Sierra as wind gusts could reach over 100 mph." The storm may drop between one and two feet of snow.
The spreading system will likely have an effect on resorts in Northern New Mexico and Northern Arizona. The effect on the Rockies is a bit less evident, at least in terms of snow amounts, but it will indeed help ensure that White Christmas.
They're anxious in Utah, too, after the predicted whopper of a storm fizzled out in November. OnTheSnow.com Associate Editor Jill Adler, who lives in Park City, says "this one looks like its going to stomp on the Wasatch. It's poised and ready to open a two-week run of 'whoopass.'" She says the Utes are expecting some bone-chilling temperatures, and the weekend's storm - spurred by the lake effect - could bring a foot or more before it's over.
The Midwest has a major storm in store starting Sunday. Forecasts say
Blizzard-like conditions are set to land in the Plains and Western Minnesota and Wisconsin. This ought to light up holiday conditions for plenty of Heartland ski resorts, with some 6-12 inches predicted. Oh, yeah, toss on an extra layer. Wind chills could go 40-50 below.
The Midwest system will move out as we get into next week and could bring with it more rain, snow, and sleet to N.Y. state and New England. Not that you hearty New Englanders haven't had enough of icy stuff over the past few days.
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