After a very active holiday week with plenty of new snow around the Northeast, things will settle down quite a bit. A much drier and much colder air mass will dominate the weather pattern into the beginning of the weekend. In fact, this air mass will bring the coldest temperatures so far this winter, with plenty of below zero readings at night and highs only in the teens and 20s. Later in the weekend and early next week, temperatures will begin to warm quite a bit, perhaps even to above seasonable levels.
As is often the case with such cold air, moisture will be pretty scarce. Given that, no significant storms will affect the Northeast throughout the course of the next week. However, there will be several very weak storms that move into the region. The first of these systems will come Thursday night into Friday. In general, central and northern portions of the region will see a few inches of accumulation. Higher elevation resorts will see more snowfall than others thanks to terrain enhanced and induced snow showers. Two more of these weak storms will come late in the weekend and then around Tuesday. Again, any accumulations will be very limited on a large scale, with mostly higher elevations seeing a few inches.
Although new snowfall will be at a premium over the coming week, the cold weather will certainly maintain the good snow pack that is already out there and allow for prime snowmaking conditions. The 2012/2013 ski season is already off to a great start, and will get even better as we head into the early part of 2013!
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.