Although Sandy is no longer the formidable system that it once was, it will continue to influence the weather over the Northeast for a few more days as its remnants lift northward. While this happens, some colder air will filter in, resulting in the chance of snow showers at higher elevations. In upstate New York, northern Vermont and northern New Hampshire, snow levels will come down to about 2,000 feet by Friday. Areas of the Adirondack, Green and White mountains that typically see upslope enhancement could actually end up with a very light accumulation, but otherwise don’t expect these showers to add up to anything.
Thankfully, there is something to look forward to for early next week. Depending on which model you look at, there is a chance that a storm exits the Mid-Atlantic, hooks up with the northern branch of the jet stream, and intensifies along the coast moving northward as it does so. Should this scenario play out as the GFS model thinks it will (see the graphic), there may be just enough low level cold air to see snow fly all the way down to the lower elevations in western and northern parts of the region. Of course, nothing is set in stone this far out, but definitely something to keep an eye on.
Given that this discussion focusses primarily on the Northeast, and that it is still (very) early season, I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss the potential for snowmaking weather. Unfortunately, overall it doesn’t look good. I see some opportunities at night for the big players up north and at high elevation, but even the snowmaking windows there will be insignificant into the weekend. Perhaps late this weekend and early next week there will be opportunities for places like Killington and Sunday River to start to lay down a base on the upper portions of their respective mountains.
In the end, not much in the way of good news for getting any resorts open. Looking on the bright side though, things will remain rather seasonable with daytime highs in the 50’s in the north and the 60’s in the south, with overnight lows regularly dropping below freezing. So at least we’re not looking at any unseasonable warmth in the near future!
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.