It’s looking good in New England with many mountains offering one-third to one-half of their terrain for skiing. That’s pretty good for early December, and it’s just going to get better.

First, let’s look at the temperatures. Round-the-clock snowmaking will be possible in central and northern areas for at least the next five to seven. High temperatures of 5-10 degrees, lows near zero, plus low relative humidity will keep the snow makers working hard through the weekend.

Second, there’s good news when it comes to natural snow. A storm will move through the mid-Atlantic area this weekend, and this is a great storm track to bring moisture and cold temperatures to the majority of New England. Look for snow from Saturday night through Sunday with many areas seeing 4-8 inches, while some areas could top a foot by the time the storm is over.

Additional snow showers will cover northern New England next week with a quick-hitting storm, and the longer-range models are pointing toward a continuation of the cool and stormy weather that we’ve seen during the last week. Overall, this is an excellent forecast that should make for wonderful snow conditions heading into the Christmas week.

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