Snow Before You Go: Snow coming for Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, western Alberta, and the Northeast

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Can’t wait to hit the slopes? Wait. Check Meteorologist Chris Tomer’s predictions before you pack the car to find out what the weather will be and how it can affect snow conditions, along with which ski resorts will have the best snow for the weekend.

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December 1, 2021

The hot spot this week and weekend for the best new snow is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, western Alberta, and the Northeast.

I’m watching next week for 1-2 storm systems across the Intermountain West where it’s been incredibly dry for almost two weeks.

 

Northeast

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Mid-Mountain Totals

Northeast: Watch for two Alberta Clippers through Sunday and potentially a larger storm system between Sunday night and Monday.  At the VT, NH, and ME ski areas I’m forecasting two inches on Thursday, one inch on Friday, one inch on Saturday, and then rain over to snow between Sunday night and Monday.  Light to moderate accumulation possible.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb/BC: Heavy snow tapers off on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives between Friday night and Saturday with light accumulation.  A larger storm system arrives Sunday night-Monday heavy accumulation.  With consistent snowfall, the skiing should be good through the weekend.

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Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Moderate snow tapers-off on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday with 6-8 inches of accumulation.  A larger storm system arrives Sunday-Monday with heavy snow accumulation.

Banff

Banff Area: Light snow accumulation continues on Thursday.  Then another storm system arrives Friday night-Saturday with light to moderate snow accumulation.  Another storm system arrives Sunday night-Monday with light snow accumulation.

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Mid-Mountain Totals forecast

Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Only northern Idaho and Northwest Montana will see precipitation through Sunday and unfortunately air temps look warm with a rain/snow problem at lower elevations.  Best snow potential is mid-mountain and higher.  A better storm track may develop next week for the remainder of the region.  Until then, I’m forecasting a minor storm system with light accumulation on Thursday, moderate snow accumulation on Saturday, then a larger storm system with heavy snow accumulation Sunday night-Monday.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: Dry with high pressure dominating through Sunday.  A better storm track with snow potential next week.

California

California: High and dry through Sunday.  A better storm track with snow potential next week.

Odds For Best Snow

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Odds For Best Snow, December 1, 2021

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Friday ski the Northeast, on Saturday ski Whistler/Blackcomb or Washington State, and on Sunday ski the Banff Area or British Columbia.

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November 28, 2021

The hot spot this week for best new snow remains the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.  Light to moderate snow is possible for the Northeast, especially late-week.

Pacific Northwest

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Forecast mid-mountain totals. Image via Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Pacific Northwest: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Freezing levels will be problematic and fluctuate wildly.  The best snow will occur at higher elevations.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4 on Stevens Pass, Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, and north into British Columbia.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.  Freezing levels will fluctuate with the best snow mid-mountain and higher.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4.

Banff

Banff Area: 1-2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I’m forecasting 1-2 feet by 12/4 at Marmot Basin and Sunshine Village; 5-12 inches at Fernie and Revelstoke.

Northern Idaho and Northwest Montana

Northern Idaho and NW Montana: 2 storm systems are lined-up through 12/4.  The freezing level will fluctuate wildly with the best snow at higher elevations.  Mixing and less accumulation at valley levels.  The best days for new snow are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday.  At higher elevations, I’m forecasting 3-8 inches by 12/4 with less at lower elevations.

Southern Idaho, Wyoming, and Southwest Montana

Southern Idaho, Wyoming, and SW Montana: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

California

California: A very dry stretch until 12/5-12/6 when the snow returns.

Northeast

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Forecast mid-mountain totals. Image via Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Northeast: A cold pattern with scattered areas of light snow possible through 12/1.  An Alberta Clipper is possible Thursday-Friday with rain to snow.  That could set up Friday and Saturday as good ski days.  I’m forecasting 2-6 inches total by 12/4.

Odds For Best Snow

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Odds for best snow over the next 5 days

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Monday-Thursday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.  Then look to the Northeast between Friday-Saturday.


November 24, 2021

The hot spot for the most consistent new snow through this weekend is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend.  Consistent snow is likely each day with the heaviest snow falling on Thursday and Saturday.  Snow levels will fluctuate with only the higher volcanoes and Cascades staying all snow.  I’m forecasting grand totals of 1-3 feet on the highest volcanoes and Cascades.  Stevens Pass could stay mostly rain.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend with additional heavy precipitation next week.  Consistent snow is likely each day with the heaviest snow falling on Thursday and Saturday.  The best snow occurs mid-mountain and higher with mixing below.  I’m forecasting grand totals of 2-4 feet.

 

Banff

Banff Area: Two storm systems are lined-up through this weekend with additional snow likely next week.  The best snow occurs mid-mountain and higher with mixing below.  The heaviest snowfalls on Thursday and Saturday.  I’m forecasting 6-15 inches of grand total accumulation at Sunshine Village, Marmot Basin, Panorama, and Revelstoke.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: The storm track is not optimal through the weekend.  One minor storm system blows through between Friday-Saturday morning.  However, northern Idaho and northwest Montana will see additional snow chances but warm temps could create rain/snow problems.  Overall, I’m forecasting only light snow accumulations.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico:  After a storm system departs Colorado on Wednesday I’m not forecasting any new snowfall between Thursday-Sunday.  Will this change?  I don’t see a change in the storm track until after December 2.

California

California: I’m not forecasting any new snowfall between Thursday and Sunday.  Will this change?  It might take 10 days.

Northeast

Northeast: There is one cold front lined-up Thursday night-Friday with possibly a second front Sunday-Monday.  I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation (3-8 inches) Thursday night-Friday across the ski areas of northern New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.  I think we could see a pocket of heavy snow accumulation (6-14″) around Jay Peak and Mount Washington.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Thanksgiving ski opening day at Whistler/Blackcomb or elsewhere in British Columbia, on Friday ski eastern British Columbia or western Alberta and Banff, on Saturday ski the Northeast, and on Sunday ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, or Banff area.

Odds For Best Snow

 


November 21, 2021

The hot spot for the best new snow this Thanksgiving week is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: There are 2-3 different storm systems lined up through Saturday.  The best days for new snow are Monday-Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday.  I’m forecasting light to moderate snow amounts Monday, moderate to heavy accumulation Wednesday night-Thursday, and heavy accumulation Saturday-Sunday.  Grand totals by Sunday will range from 1-2 feet on the higher volcanoes and Cascades.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb: There are 2-3 different storm systems lined up through Saturday.  The best days for new snow are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday-Sunday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation on Monday, moderate to heavy accumulation on Thursday, and heavy accumulation Saturday-Sunday.  Grand totals by Sunday will push two feet mid-mountain and higher.

Banff

Banff Area: The bulk of accumulation will stay in British Columbia through Saturday, but consistent light to moderate snow accumulation is possible at Banff ski areas.  Could see a mixing problem at lower elevations early in the week then temps turn colder.  The best day is Tuesday. Revelstoke and Marmot Basin should do well with light to moderate snow accumulation almost every day.  Grand totals there could reach a foot or more by Saturday-Sunday.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: Two fast-moving storm systems are lined-up through Saturday.  Most ski areas get minor snow amounts, but there are a couple of exceptions.  Northern Idaho and southwest Montana could see light to moderate snow accumulation on Tuesday including Schweitzer and Big Sky.  I’m only forecasting light snow accumulation in the Tetons.

Colorado, Utah, & New Mexico

Colorado, Utah, New Mexico:  One storm system is lined-up through Saturday.  This storm system will have a southern component so New Mexico and southern Colorado should benefit with moderate snow accumulation.  I’m forecasting light accumulations in the Wasatch.  The best day for new snow is Wednesday.

California

California: The storm track is not favorable for new snow in the next 5-7 days.

Northeast

Northeast: There are two cold fronts lined up through Saturday.  Colder than normal temps are likely after the passage of both cold fronts.  I’m forecasting moderate snow accumulation with isolated heavy pockets across ski areas in northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and northern Maine with both fronts.  The best days for new snow are Monday and Friday-Saturday.  Grand totals by Sunday could range from 5-12 inches.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and Banff area this Thanksgiving week.  This weekend, consider skiing in the Northeast.  Specifically, on Wednesday ski Southern Colorado or Northern New Mexico, and on Thanksgiving ski opening day at Whistler Blackcomb or interior British Columbia.

Odds for Best Snow

 


November 18, 2021

A minor storm system will hit the West this weekend.  I’m forecasting light snow amounts at most ski areas except for the Tetons and high volcanoes and Cascades of the Pacific Northwest.


Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: One storm system slides through Thursday-Friday with moderate snow amounts for the high volcanoes and Cascades.  Light lingering snow is possible on Saturday.

Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler/Blackcomb: Two storm systems are lined-up through the weekend.  The first storm system is minor on Thursday.  The 2nd storm system is bigger Sunday-Monday with moderate snow accumulation.

Banff Area

Banff Area: Two storm systems are lined-up through the weekend.  The first storm system is minor on Thursday.  The 2nd storm system has a longer duration Saturday-Monday and delivers light accumulations over time.

Montana, Idaho, & Wyoming

Montana, Idaho, Wyoming: One storm system slides through Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation at Idaho and Montana ski areas.  Moderate to heavy snow accumulation in the Tetons.


Colorado & Utah

Colorado, Utah: One storm system slides through between Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation at most ski areas.

California

California: One storm system slides through Thursday-Friday.  It largely misses Tahoe and Mammoth but will deliver light snow accumulation to northern California including Shasta.  Dry for a long stretch after this storm system.

New Mexico

New Mexico: A dry stretch through the weekend.

Northeast

Northeast: I’m forecasting two cold fronts through the weekend into early next week.  The first front slides through on Thursday with rain initially then snow.  Light snow accumulation at the ski areas.  The 2nd front is more substantial between Sunday afternoon and Monday.  But, it’s very warm initially with rain before changing to snow.

Odds For Best Snow


Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: On Friday ski the Pacific Northwest, on Saturday ski the Tetons, and on Sunday ski Loveland, A-Basin, or Winter Park.

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November 14, 2021

The hot spot this week for the heaviest snowfall is the Pacific Northwest, British Columbia, and western Alberta.

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest: Two storm systems are lined-up through Friday.  The first delivers heavy snowfall and strong wind through Monday on the higher volcanoes and peaks above 5,000ft.  12-24 inch grand totals.  Then turning drier until Thursday night-Friday when the next storm system arrives.  Right now that storm appears to deliver moderate snow amounts.

Whistler Blackcomb and Banff

Whistler/Blackcomb and Banff: Two storm systems are lined-up through Friday.  The first delivers heavy snowfall through Monday then drier.  I’m forecasting 12-24 inch grand totals (72-hour totals) between Sunday-Tuesday mid-mountain and higher.  The second storm system arrives Thursday night-Friday with another potential storm system over the weekend.

Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: There are two storm systems lined up through Friday.  The first one occurs Monday-Tuesday.  They both appear minor and fast-moving.  We’re still looking at a rain/snow problem in parts of Idaho until colder air filters in Monday afternoon/night.  Light snow accumulation.  The second storm system arrives Thursday night and continues through Friday.  In Wyoming and Montana, both storm systems brush the ski areas with light snow accumulations.  I’m forecasting 1-2 inches with the first, and 1-4 inches with the second.

Colorado and Utah

Colorado, Utah: There are two minor, fast-moving, windy storm systems lined up through Friday.  The first occurs Tuesday-Wednesday, and the second occurs Friday-Saturday.  I’m forecasting light snow accumulation with both.

New Mexico

New Mexico: I’m forecasting a dry week ahead with the storm track too far north.

California

California: An initial storm system misses the ski areas on Monday night.  There is a second storm system between Thursday night-Friday that mainly impacts Tahoe with light snow accumulation.

Northeast

Northeast: Colder than normal through Monday with light snow accumulation.  A second storm system arrives Thursday afternoon-Friday with warmer temperatures initially then turning colder behind the cold front.  Precipitation starts as rain then turns over to snow.  Light snow accumulation.

Tomer’s Take

Tomer’s Take: Ski Whistler/Blackcomb Monday, Banff area Tuesday and Wednesday.  By the end of the week and weekend, stay in those same areas or look at Wyoming.

Odds For Best Snow

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October 5, 2021

Meteorologist Chris Tomer provides a preview of what to expect from his weekly Snow Before You Go forecasts this season. Be sure to check them out before you pack the car to find out what the weather will be and how it can affect snow conditions, along with what ski resorts will have the best snow for the weekend.

Look for the first Snow Before You Go of the 2021-22 season in November. In the meantime, catch up on Tomer’s Winter 2021/22 Long-Range Weather Forecast, and watch the following preview of what to expect this season.

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