12.1 Snow Before You Go

12.1 Snow Before You Go: 4 Storms to Pound Wes

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The active storm track continues across the West and New England over the next five days. Colder temperatures are also looming. There are three and possibly four different storm systems that will snow on the Western U.S. ski areas over the next five days, and each one will then track up the East Coast dumping snow in parts of New England. 

Northeast: Snow appears likely on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and especially Maine. Heavy snow accumulations in Maine with light to moderate accumulations elsewhere. Jay Peak, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback are in good position. Another storm arrives on Monday into Tuesday morning.   

Colorado, Utah: Light to moderate snow accumulations arrive Thursday-Friday. A second more potent storm arrives late Sunday into Monday with moderate to heavy accumulations. Snowbasin, Park City, Snowbird, Alta, Steamboat, Snowmass, Vail, Winter Park and Loveland are in good position. Much colder temperatures will follow. 

Montana, Wyoming, Idaho: It's going to be a stellar five-day stretch of snow. I expect light to moderate snow accumulations on Thursday lingering into Friday morning. A second storm delivers light to moderate snows to Idaho first by Saturday morning then spreading into Montana and Wyoming through the day. A third more potent storm arrives in Idaho on Sunday then spreading into Montana and Wyoming with moderate to heavy snow accumulations. Schweitzer continues it's snowy run. Whitefish, Big Sky, Bridger Bowl, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are all in good position. Much colder temperatures will follow.

Pacific Northwest: Four storm systems are lined up over the next five days. I'm forecasting some snowfall each day in the Cascades and across the Volcanoes. Heavy snow accumulations are likely. We'll be measuring snow in feet on Mount Rainier. Much colder temperatures will follow. 

British Columbia: The snowy pattern continues. Heavy snow accumulations continue at Whistler/Blackcomb through the weekend. I've got snow in the forecast each day. At Banff, light to moderate snow accumulations are likely into the weekend then drier early next week with colder temperatures. 

California: This will be a rather dry stretch. The position of the jet stream is not optimal. After some light snow on Thursday morning it looks dry until early next week.

Tomer's Take: The West is best. On Friday I would ski opening day at Schweitzer, Jackson Hole on Saturday, Big Sky on Sunday and Steamboat on Monday. 

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