Where will the skiing be best this weekend? The jet stream remains active across the West with three different storm systems lined up, with California partially included, finally. In the Northeast, air temperatures remain abnormally warm through the weekend forcing some of the precipitation to fall as a mix at the ski areas. Colder air moves in next week.

Pacific Northwest: I'm forecasting three different storm systems over the next seven days and at times the snow level could drop into Seattle and Portland. Total snow by Monday night will range from 1-3 feet on the high Cascades, Olympics and volcanoes.  

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: I'm forecasting three different storm systems over the next seven days. The first storm is small and only brushes Idaho and Wyoming with light snow accumulation Thursday-Friday. The second storm is larger with moderate to heavy snow accumulation Saturday-Sunday. The third storm delivers moderate to heavy snow accumulation Sunday night to Monday. Total snow accumulation over the seven day period will range from 1-2 feet at ski areas like Schweitzer, Whitefish, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole and Big Sky. 

Whistler/Blackcomb: The snowiest period occurs over the weekend. Heavy snow accumulations are likely between Friday morning and Monday morning.  

Colorado, Utah: I'm forecasting three different storm systems over the next seven days. The first storm misses Utah but delivers light to moderate snow accumulation to the central and northern mountains of Colorado. Heavy accumulation in the Southern Mountains. The second storm delivers moderate snow accumulation in Utah and Colorado between Thursday night and Friday. The third storm delivers light to moderate snow accumulation Saturday night to Sunday. A fourth storm could arrive by Monday afternoon into Tuesday.

Northeast: It's going to be active with three different storm systems lined up, but air temps will force some of the precipitation to fall as a rain/snow mix or ice at the ski areas. Each storm gets progressively larger. The first storm arrives on Thursday and only brushes the ski areas with light precipitation as it dives south. The second storm arrives on Saturday. The third storm is the largest of the three, arriving Saturday evening continuing on Sunday. Maine stays colder for the entire period and as a result could see significant snow accumulation. Focus on Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback.

California: I'm forecasting three different storm systems, but only two will directly impact Tahoe and Mammoth. The first storm delivers light to moderate snow accumulation on Thursday. The second storm only brushes the ski areas with very light snow between Saturday night and Sunday. The third storm delivers moderate accumulation between Sunday night and Monday.  

Tomer's Take: Ski Tahoe or Wolf Creek on Friday, Alta or Snowbird on Saturday and Schweitzer, Sun Valley or Whistler/Blackcomb on Sunday. 

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

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