The tough part of being a New England skier or rider is the lack of consistency in the weather. One week, it snows two feet and conditions are all-time. Then the next week, it rains. One week, the circum-polar vortex is the hot topic and temperatures drop well below zero. Then the next week, warm air returns and rain is back in the forecast.

I cannot offer a forecast of consistent cold weather for the next two months, but I can offer the good news that more seasonal temperatures will return for the next 7-10 days. The ridge of high pressure that has been parked over the west coast will shift east over the Rockies, and this will shift the cooler weather from the Rockies toward the Midwest and finally into New England.

Sometimes a trough of cooler weather also means many storms that move up the coast. In this case, though, the chance of precipitation is low during the upcoming period of cooler weather. This is a bit of a bummer because it means that no big snow storms are in the forecast, but at least cooler temperatures will help the ski conditions improve through the middle of January.

Joel Gratz is a Meteorologist and the creator of