12.7 Snow Before You Go: Storm Track Favors Northeast

6th December 2017 | Meteorologist Chris Tomer

News Regions: Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, Colorado, California, Northeast, Lake Tahoe

Resorts in this article: Jay Peak, Snowbird, Steamboat

12.7 Snow Before You Go: Storm Track Favors Northeast- ©Meteorologist Chris Tomer

12.7 Snow Before You Go: Storm Track Favors Northeast

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

This is going to be an abnormally dry five-day stretch for most of the West with a massive high pressure dome building in. I'm calling it "Heartbreak Ridge" after the 1986 movie starring Clint Eastwood who played the role of Marine Sergeant Tom Highway. It was his way or the highway, and the atmosphere will play a similar role. The only place the storm track favors is the Northeast with colder air, lake effect snow and two Alberta Clippers.  

Northeast: A dip in the jet stream will keep the ski areas cool enough to make snow and receive new light snow. I'm forecasting lake effect snow close to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario on Thursday and Friday. Then there are two chances for light snow accumulations with two Alberta Clipper storm systems. The first one arrives on Sunday and the second on Monday afternoon through Tuesday. 

Colorado, Utah: The only chance of light snow occurs on Thursday in Colorado, then it's dry for the weekend and all of next week because of Heartbreak Ridge. Utah stays completely dry. Will the pattern change? It may not change significantly until Dec. 20.  

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Heartbreak Ridge prevents any snow accumulation for the next five days. Will the pattern change? I'm only forecasting a chance of light snow next Thursday and that's it until potentially Dec. 20.

California: Heartbreak Ridge prevents any snow accumulation for the next five days. Will the pattern change? It may not change significantly until Dec. 20.  

Pacific Northwest: Heartbreak Ridge prevents any snow accumulation for the next five days in Washington state and Oregon. Will the pattern change? It may not change significantly until Dec. 20.

Whistler/Blackcomb: It's a mostly dry forecast except for a storm system on Saturday night into Sunday. It's possible this storm system only brushes the area with light precipitation (rain possibly) as it passes too far to the north. Will the pattern change? It may not change significantly until Dec. 20.

Lake Louise: Even Lake Louise stays mostly dry except for a passing chance of light snow on Saturday night into Sunday. There's a slight chance on Monday morning as well. Will the pattern change? It may not change significantly until Dec. 20.

Tomer's Take: Ski either Snowbird or Steamboat on Friday, New York state ski areas near Lake Ontario on Saturday and Jay Peak on Sunday.      

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