In what appears to have been a swift attempt to silence our complaints about the lack of snow, Mother Nature called in Old Man Winter for a quick arctic blast to start the New Year. And with it, came some long-awaited snowfall across the East Coast.
What was expected by many to be a light accumulation of lake-effect snow over the New Year's holiday, quickly amounted into several inches and even several feet in parts of upstate New York as Monday's storm blanketed the roads near Buffalo and brought interstate travel to a prompt halt.
Across higher elevations from the Mid-Atlantic, all the way to Northern Vermont and Maine several inches of new snow covered holiday skiers and riders. Guests at Snowshoe were surprisingly, but happily, digging themselves out of eight inches of fresh powder (see video below). At Seven Springs, terrain was even closed off due to poor visibility; a nearly unheard of scenario so far this season.
The blast of cold temps isn't expected to hold, but while it's here most resorts have resumed snowmaking at near full capacity to beef up base depths and continue to expand terrain for holiday-ing guests.
Take a look at some pictures from around the East Coast.
Stowe picked up 8" of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. Photo Courtesy of Stowe.
Snowshoe got 8" of powder. Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
Snowmaking resumes full blast at Windham Mountain. Photo Courtesy of Windham Mountain.
A tele skier at Sugarloaf enjoys soft turns after 5" fell. Photo Courtesy of Sugarloaf.
Cannon Mountain opened new terrain 'au natural'. Photo Courtesy of Cannon Mountain.
West Virginia skiers and riders got an unexpected powder day to start the New Year. Video Courtesy of Snowshoe.
Updated 1/3/12, 5:30 p.m. ET.