After a series of big snowstorms across the Rockies, the pattern is gradually shifting. It now favors the Northeast for heavy snow this weekend. I'm anticipating the storm track (jet stream) to buckle. This will support a large storm tracking up the East Coast, and there should be enough cold air for snow at the ski areas. After the snow stops, much colder air slides in. 

Across the West, after a southern track storm Thursday-Friday, the best snow will stay in the Northern Rockies and Cascades. If you're looking for powder on that side of the country this weekend, you should look at Montana and Wyoming.

Northeast: A large storm develops on Saturday and tracks up through the Great Lakes and East Coast on Sunday, spreading heavy snow across the ski areas. Jay Peak, Stowe, Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush, Cannon Mountain and Sugarloaf will all do well on Sunday. Snow amounts will exceed 6" and in some places, a foot. Temperatures plummet after the snow departs. 

Rockies: A southern track storm spreads heavy snow across Wolf Creek Pass, Silverton, Durango and Telluride on Wednesday night and Thursday. Then the pattern dries out across the Rockies, except for the Northern Rockies and Cascades. New snow will fall this Saturday-Sunday in Montana and Wyoming. So, resorts like Big Sky, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are the best options. Utah and Colorado stay mostly dry on Saturday-Sunday. There might be a few snow showers in Steamboat on Saturday night, but that's it.

California: A ridge of high pressure keeps the resorts dry. The pattern might not change until the middle of next week. Temperatures look mild.

Tomer's Take: Ski Wolf Creek on New Year's Day, Jackson Hole on Saturday, and Killington or Jay Peak on Sunday. 

–Meteorologist Chris Tomer