Spring finally arrived in all of the Northeast over the past week. After weather this past weekend that still felt like midwinter at more northern resorts, temperatures warmed considerably as this past work week got started. That trend will, for the most part, continue over the region through the coming week. Daily high temperatures will see the typical ups and downs that occur this time of year, but generally expect 40’s and 50’s, with some readings into the 60’s by the end of the weekend.
There will also be plenty of precipitation over the coming week, but unfortunately not much of that will fall as snow. In fact, only the furthest northern and higher elevation resorts have any chance of seeing accumulating snowfall, including resorts like Jay Peak, Stowe, Whiteface, Bretton Woods, and Wildcat. The best chance for snow at these resorts will come with a very complex and large storm that will move into the region on Thursday, and then linger until Saturday morning. The heaviest precipitation associated with this storm will come sometime Friday afternoon or evening. Even at these higher elevation resorts, snow may only fall up higher on the slopes, and any snow that accumulates will be very heavy and wet in nature. Snowfall amounts will range anywhere from a slushy inch or two, to as much as a foot if everything plays out favorably. The best chance for the upper end of that range will be in northern Vermont. Anywhere at low elevation or south of the northern half of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine should expect plain rain from the entire storm.
Regardless of how much, if any, snow ends up falling from this storm, the resorts that are still operating at this point in the game have deep bases thanks to the wintry weather we saw into early April. This will mean great spring skiing through this weekend and beyond for resorts that continue to operate and push toward May.
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.
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