It’ll be a tale of two weekends, with one bringing the best early-season conditions seen in years, and the next bringing the dreaded “r” word.

First, the good news. A large storm dropped 1-2 FEET of snow over the northeast last weekend as it took a perfect path through the Mid-Atlantic states and out to sea. Stratton had a three-day total of 25", Bromley reported 22", Mount Snow came in with 19", just to name of few. Combining this new snow will consistent cool temperatures and additional snowfall during the early part of this week, the snow surface was nothing short of fantastic.

However, things can change quickly on the east coast, and that’s what will happen later this week through the weekend. First, a weak storm on Friday night and Saturday morning will bring mixed precipitation to the area, with snow falling for northern New England and rain further south. Then on Sunday, a stronger storm will track through the Great Lakes, ushering warm air northward and changing precipitation to sleet, freezing rain and then rain for almost all of New England. What a bummer.

But not all will be lost because the warm air will be short lived, and colder air and snow showers will return for Christmas Week. If the resorts can weather the warm temperatures on Sunday, conditions should improve drastically by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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