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Final Forecast of the 18/19 Ski Season: 4.25 Snow B4U Go

Tomer's Take for the best skiing this weekend: Ski the Banff area for new snow on Friday or corn snow at Tahoe or Mammoth. On Saturday for new snow, ski the Banff area, Tetons or Loveland, A-Basin, and Breckenridge. On Sunday, ski Montana for new snow. And finally Colorado on Monday for new snow.

Tomer's Take for the best skiing this weekend: Ski the Banff area for new snow on Friday or corn snow at Tahoe or Mammoth. On Saturday for new snow, ski the Banff area, Tetons or Loveland, A-Basin, and Breckenridge. On Sunday, ski Montana for new snow. And finally Colorado on Monday for new snow.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The storm track continues to shift north and warmer temperatures are taking over. The spring melt has begun across the Rockies. From here, the skiing strategy goes two ways: Spring backcountry skiing, including corn snow and couloirs and/or skiing the few resorts that remain open. 

Ski Resorts Still Open 

The west stays somewhat active over the next five days with a few different fast-moving storm systems. New snow favors the highest terrain. In particular, the Pacific Northwest and interior Rockies stand the best chances of precipitation. In the Northeast, temperatures have warmed to full-on spring levels. Any new precipitation will be mostly rain except for a little snow Friday night into Saturday morning in Maine.

A weak El Niño continues in the equatorial South Pacific. The consensus of data suggests a 65 percent chance of continuation through summer. This means wetter than normal conditions across a large part of the country, and temperatures will run warmer than normal on both coasts, including Alaska on both counts.

Pacific Northwest, Whistler, Banff Weather

Roughly two storm systems are lined up over the next five days. They are fast moving with the jet stream. Most of the precipitation is rain at lower elevations with snow higher up. The first storm is the most significant between Friday night and Sunday morning. It favors the Whistler/Blackcomb area and Coastal Range through the interior to Banff. In fact, Banff could catch a third storm system on Tuesday-Wednesday.

Colorado, Utah Weather

A few different warm storm systems will race through over the next five days. And we'll see the daily engagement of afternoon showers/snow/thunderstorms over the mountains. The first storm system rolls through between Friday and Saturday morning. The second storm system mainly affects Colorado on Sunday-Monday with light snow accumulation at the highest elevations. A third storm system merges with a cold front between Monday afternoon and Wednesday and appears to be the most significant of the three storm systems. Light to moderate snow accumulation at the higher elevations.

Best odds for snow in the next five days, April 25, 2019.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Best odds for snow in the next five days, April 25, 2019.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho Weather

Three storm systems are lined up over the next five days. The first storm system rolls through quickly on Friday and is warm. Most of the snow accumulation occurs in Wyoming. The second storm system is more significant and a touch colder between Saturday and Sunday. Most of the snow accumulation occurs in Montana. The third storm system arrives Tuesday-Wednesday. Most of the snow accumulation occurs in Montana and Wyoming. 

 

Ski Season Projected Closing Dates

California Weather

The spring melt has begun. Dry and warm until a potential warm storm system on Monday-Tuesday.   

Tomer’s Take for the Best Skiing This Weekend

 

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