What a difference a year can make! At this time last year, nearly every resort in the Northeast was forced to pack it in for the season due to what ended up being the warmest March on record. Thankfully, this year is pretty much the polar opposite (no pun intended) as we close out the month and move into April.
Overall, temperatures will remain just on the cool side of average across the region over the coming week. Daytime highs will rise above freezing, mostly in the 40’s but perhaps into the lower 50’s by the end of the weekend. At night, lows will regularly drop below freezing. This cycle of freezing and thawing will make for great spring skiing conditions, while at the same time preventing the snow pack from melting too quickly.
There will also be a couple opportunities for some new snowfall. Starting Friday night and into Saturday, some moisture in the low levels of the atmosphere will move into the northern parts of the region. This will allow snow showers to form over the mountains in the north, which will in turn bring accumulating snowfall to the higher elevation resorts in this part of the Northeast. This will include resorts like Stowe, Jay Peak, Bolton Valley, and Bretton Woods. Snowfall amounts will generally be in the 1 to 3 inch range, with the chance for more than that in the Green Mountains.
The second chance for new snowfall will come around the end of the weekend or the beginning of the work week. This time, snowfall would be more widespread as a storm tracks up the coast. With this storm track, snow would fall for resorts located in the interior of central and northern portions of the region. Considering that this event is more than 5 days away at the time of the writing of this article, it’s very difficult to nail down specific snowfall amounts. With that said, a number of factors are pointing to a light to moderate snowfall if the storm does materialize.
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.
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