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Snow Before You Go: December Snow Arrives in the Northeast

3rd December 2020 | Chris Tomer

Tomer's take for the first weekend in December.

Tomer's take for the first weekend in December.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
Meteorologist Chris Tomer gives us the run down on where will be the snowiest this weekend, 12/3-12/6/2020.
 
The two hot spots this weekend are the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.  This is where the jet stream is most active.  And, between these two spots the Northeast stands out as the most interesting.
 
Vermont will benefit the most from this weather pattern.

Vermont will benefit the most from this weather pattern.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
 
Northeast: A large storm system delivers rain and snow to the ski areas between Friday night and Sunday. Strong wind likely. The precipitation starts as rain then goes to a mix then over to all snow as the storm evolves.  Moderate to heavy accumulations at the ski areas including Killington, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Okemo, Sunday River, and Mount Snow.  The final position of the rain/snow line will determine how much snow accumulation hits Maine and New Hampshire.  Those two states are the most in question.
 
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Pacific Northwest: The jet stream remains anchored here through the weekend.  This delivers about two different storm systems.  But, even here the jet axis is a little too far north and relatively warm.  Bottom line, waves of moisture keep coming with definite breaks in between and some precipitation falling as rain.  Whistler/Blackcomb, the coastal ranges, high Cascades, and at times Banff and the interior will benefit with light to moderate snow accumulation.  The best locations are the highest elevations closest to the coast of BC and WA.
 
The PNW could see some snowfall through the weekend.

The PNW could see some snowfall through the weekend.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer
 
California: A long stretch of high pressure is in the cards.  Mostly dry.  When does it end?  Possibly by late next week.

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Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Like California, it's mostly high pressure through the weekend.  Mostly dry.  When does it end?  Possibly by the middle of next week. 
 
Colorado, Utah, New Mexico:  It's mostly high pressure through the weekend.  Mostly dry.  When does it end?  Possibly by late next week.
 
Tomer's Take: For the best new snow choose either the Pacific Northwest or the Northeast.  If the East Coast storm materializes then explore Jay Peak, Killington, Mount Snow, and Stowe.
 
 

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