Both coasts are currently active with large storm systems supported by a buckling jet stream. Over the next five days the West remains active with two storm systems lined up, including the Pineapple Express in California. In the Northeast, after the nor’easter departs, it turns quiet until late in the weekend.  

California: The Pineapple Express continues on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday. What is the Pineapple Express? The orientation of the jet stream basically escorts heavy amounts of moisture (2-3 times normal rates) directly into California. You can trace the moisture flow back to Hawaii. Important caveat, the initial part of this storm is very warm producing a high snow level. As time goes on, colder air filters in and the snow level drops. Heavy rain and snow are both possible. Search out the higher elevation ski areas. Over the five-day period 2-5 feet of total snow accumulation is possible at higher elevations of the Sierra.  

Colorado, Utah: There are two storm systems lined up over the next five days. The first storm looks rather warm, delivering moderate to heavy snow accumulation to the higher elevations on Thursday and Friday in Utah and mainly Friday in Colorado. The second storm system is a touch colder and delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation on Sunday and Monday. Snow lingers into Tuesday in Colorado. Search out the higher elevation ski areas (especially with the first storm system) like Alta, Snowbird, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge and Loveland.

Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho: There are two storm systems lined up over the next five days. The first storm looks rather warm, delivering moderate to heavy snow accumulation on Thursday and Friday. Search out the higher elevation ski areas. The second storm system delivers light to moderate snow accumulation on Saturday and Sunday. It lasts into Monday in Wyoming with heavier accumulation in Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee.  

Northeast: The nor’easter continues on Thursday and then departs with drier weather moving in. The storm hugs the coast limiting the amount of snow accumulation at the ski areas. A second smaller storm system is possible on Sunday, but it could dive too far south. Bottom line, good skiing on Friday at Catamount, Wachusett, Ragged Mountain, Mount Snow, Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems keep waves of rain/snow coming through Sunday morning. The heaviest batch of snow occurs on Thursday. Moderate to heavy snow accumulation is likely on the higher volcanoes and Cascades.

Whistler/Blackcomb: Two storm systems keep waves of snow coming through Sunday morning. The heaviest batch of snow occurs on Thursday.       

Tomer's Take: Ski Mammoth or Jackson Hole on Friday, Alta, Snowbird or Loveland on Saturday and Tahoe or Jackson Hole on Sunday.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer