The big (and good) news for the northeast is that a cold front will usher in much cooler air starting on Saturday, and the cool air should stick around for at least a week, if not longer. After some mixed precipitation Friday night into Saturday morning, the air will be cold enough to produce snow for most areas on the backside of the cold front. While snow amounts will be limited to just a few inches for the majority of ski areas, higher elevations resorts that are further north like Jay Peak could see deeper totals with a moist northwest flow over the weekend. 

Temperatures will stay cool enough for much of next week to enable round-the-clock snowmaking at many areas. On the day before Thanksgiving, the major computer weather models are forecasting a storm to move up along the coast with the potential for heavy snow.

But, as most east-coasters know, it’s the exact track of the storm that will determine whether inland locations see lots of snow, the heaviest snow stays along the coast, or the storm tracks out to sea with just a blustery day and flurries for most ski areas. Earlier predictions called for the storm to bring snow inland, while updated models show the storm tracking out to sea. Let’s hope the models reverse course and bring plenty of snow to the region!

Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of OpenSnow.com.