Warmer temperatures and mixed precipitation are in my forecast for both the Northeast and Northern Rockies this weekend. Check out the two forecast graphics: The storm track is shifting north, allowing warmer air to flood most of the United States. Temperatures will run 10-15 degrees above normal.
A Pacific storm will get ushered through the Cascades, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming this weekend, but again, this storm looks warm with both rain and snow at the ski resorts. A storm will roll through the Northeast Saturday afternoon through Sunday with both rain and snow at the ski resorts. This storm has its origins in the Gulf of Mexico making it rather moist and warm.
Northeast: Some light snow brushes the northern ski areas Friday night. Then it dries out until Saturday afternoon. A southern storm moves in Saturday afternoon with snow initially, but as temperatures warm, the snow turns to a mixture of rain and snow. The precip turns back to snow Sunday afternoon. Snow accumulations look moderate to heavy in spite of the rain. A colder storm with all snow moves in from Canada late Monday into Tuesday. Look to Jay Peak, Sugarloaf, Mount Snow and Killington for the best snow.
Rockies: The Northern Rockies are favored for the best precip. I say precip because it looks like a mix of rain and snow at the ski resorts in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on Saturday afternoon into Sunday and Monday. Colder air moves in late Sunday into Monday and should change it to all snow. Snow accumulations look light until Monday. Look to Big Sky, Schweitzer and Jackson Hole for the best snow.
I don't see much for Utah, New Mexico or Colorado. The exception will be Colorado on Friday with scattered snow showers at the ski resorts.
California: Unfortunately, I just don't see much of anything for California's ski resorts except in extreme Northern California near Mount Shasta on Sunday.
–Meteorologist Chris Tomer