The 2012-2013 ski season was a good one in the Northeast. There were certainly some ups and downs, especially in January, but overall it turned out to be a solid season, especially in comparison to last year. Of course, it doesn’t get much worse than the 2011-2012 season!
Although the vast majority of Northeast ski areas have called it quits for the year, the 2012-2013 lift serviced ski season isn’t over yet. A handful of resorts are continuing daily operations through this coming weekend (April 20-21) and a few will even continue to stay open in some fashion beyond that. Resorts like Jay Peak, Killington, and Sugarloaf still have deep bases and high trail counts. In fact, it’s extremely likely that at least a couple resorts will offer some lift serviced skiing into May this year!
As far as the weather is concerned, there really isn’t a chance for snowfall in the short term anywhere in the Northeast. The only storm of any significance for roughly the next week will roll in over the weekend. The center of this storm will track through the Great Lakes, and slowly drag a cold front across the region through the course of the day Saturday. Given the track of the storm, there will be lots of warm air in place as precipitation arrives. In fact, highs on Friday will likely hit the 70 degree mark, especially in southern portion of the region. Of course, this will mean that precipitation falls as rain in all locations and at all elevations. After the cold front passes on Sunday, there is the chance of some snow showers at higher elevations, but don’t expect much if any accumulation.
If you’re thinking of putting the skis away, think again. Get out there, support the resorts that stay open this late in the season, and enjoy some true spring skiing while you still can!
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.
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