After a few very warm days across the Northeast earlier this week, the cold front (thankfully) came through on Wednesday and dropped temperatures significantly through the day. A few higher elevation locations saw some natural snow on the backside of the cold front, but not much more than a coating to perhaps an inch at most.
That cold front will usher in a much more seasonable and very quiet weather pattern over the Northeast for the next week. When I say very quiet, well, I mean VERY quiet. Forecasting models currently show nothing but dry conditions into early next week. There is a slight chance, at best, of some showers this weekend as a storm moves well to our north. Otherwise, the next chance at seeing precipitation will come around midweek next week. At that point, several factors as well as forecasting models, are pointing to the possibility of a coastal storm developing.
Just because the pattern will be quiet, doesn’t mean there won’t be any action at the resorts in the Northeast. With seasonable temperatures come good opportunities for snowmaking at night. Temperatures during the day will generally be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s for most areas, with overnight lows dropping into the low to mid 20’s. Not many resorts are likely to see opportunities for ‘round-the-clock snowmaking yet, but they will be able to start building a base at night for sure. The exception to that will be some of the big resorts up north and at high elevation. I could see Killington making snow all day a few days this week, and I’m sure trail counts will surge as a result.
My suggestion? If you live anywhere within a day’s drive of the handful of resorts that are already open or will open soon, make the trip. I know I’ll be heading up to Sunday River in the next few days. The weather is going to be very nice and the snow should be good. Well, as good as early season man-made snow can be!
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.