This week in weather: The Upper Midwest & New England all set for more snow
It looks like the East coast is capitalizing on the snow fall for the coming week, as snow continues to fall throughout the weekend in Maine and New York. On the other side of the country, Oregon and The Sierras are looking pretty dry as far as snowfall is concerned. Washington and Montana are predicted to see new snow in the coming days, while those in the Midwest are looking at extremely bitter temps, with wind chills dragging the temps down into the -20s.
With help from the talented meteorologists over at OpenSnow.com, we’ve wrapped up the forecasts for each region of the country – read on to find out what you can expect in your area in the week to come.
The Pacific Northwest:
Starting Friday, a quick moving wave of storms will pass through the region, bringing significant snowfall to British Columbia, with more moderate snow falling across the northern Cascades of Washington.
The snow forecast for Oregon is not looking too pretty, unfortunately. Up until January 5, there is no sign of snowfall anywhere in the state. Clouds and rain are more likely than anything, but here’s hoping we’re pleasantly surprised by some unforeseen storms.
Washington is in a bit better shape, and though Saturday and Sunday are pretty silent on the snow front, Friday night should bring in an inch or two at Crystal Mountain, Hurricane Ridge and Mount Spokane, while Stevens Pass is looking at around 2″ and Mt. Baker may see 3. Mt. Baker and Mt. Spokane are sitting pretty come Monday with a few consecutive days of snowfall, Mt. Baker predicted to receive up to 7 inches Monday night, and another 7 inches on Tuesday.
The Northern Rockies:
This weekend, the Norther Rockies are predicted to receive moderate snowfall, following a blast of artic air.
Over in Wyoming, a few inches of snow are expected to accumulate over the next two days, with more expected to fall at the start of next week. Jackson Hole isn’t predicted to receive much of anything until Monday night, where 2-4 inches could kick off a few days of snow, and the same goes for White Pine.
In Montana, the weekend is looking a bit more promising, with just about an inch of new snow falling across most of the state on Saturday, though Showdown may see up to 3. A few scattered storms will leave an inch or two in various spots across the state on Sunday, but the storms seem to ramp up as next week begins, with snow predicted to fall solidly starting Monday and on through Tuesday night. Showdown is once again sitting pretty, as the forecast calls for an accumulation of up to 6 inches Monday night, and 8 inches on Tuesday. Bear Paw Ski Bowl could see up to 7 inches both Monday night and Tuesday, while Moonlight Basin and Maverick Mountain are looking at a bit mellower drop, with just about 4 inches expected to fall on Tuesday.
Western Maine and the White Mountains have been getting a good dose of snow the past few days, meeting and pushing the limits of meteorologist Brian Clark’s forecast. The snow is expected to wind down in these regions, though storms may still linger around the higher elevations and in Northern Vermont as well. Through the weekend, a storm is expected to bring in a solid layer of snow to interior New England, the White Mountains and Western Maine. Stowe Mountain is looking at about 5 inches of accumulation through the weekend, wrapping up with one final inch on Monday. Killington, VT and Sunday River, ME are both predicted to receive up to 8 inches on Sunday night, capping off a dryer start to the weekend.
Generally, New York is expected to see a light layer of snow Friday night, with more falling the beginning of next week, starting on Sunday.
After an awesome set of storms provided a snowy lead up to Christmas day, Colorado has been all about the sunshine. Fresh powder on the ground, plus bluebird skies made for a pretty perfect holiday. It looks as though this drier trend will continue on through the weekend, broken up by a light dose of snow on Saturday night, then taking over again until Tuesday. Tuesday through Wednesday, a storm cycle is expected to hit along and to the north of I-70, leaving around 3 inches of new snow. No solid long term forecast for now, but we will keep you updated as the news rolls in.
According to Open Snow’s Evan Thayer, Utah is expected to wrap up 2013 with some pretty dry conditions. In fact, the next chance for snowfall appears to be New Years day, though even this is expected to leave just a few inches, at best. Temps look to be fluctuating pretty heavily in Brighton, though as Thayer mentioned, the next few days show no signs of snow. Snowbird, Snowbasin and Park City are looking at the same trend; a dryer week leading into 2014.
An extended period of blue skies and 50 degree weather is predicted for the region, with the next shift in the weather pattern expected around the 7th of January. The individual forecasts for Kirkwood, Northstar, Heavenly, Squaw Valley and more all support this very mellow forecast, with no snow in sight for the coming week. Hopefully the weather pulls a switch on us and surprises The Sierras with a healthy dose of fresh!
The Upper midwest is looking cold, and dry. Not our favorite combination. Flurries will be blowing through today (Friday) and Saturday, and though accumulations will stay below 1″, the cloud cover should bring temps up into the 20s and 30s. Starting Monday and on through New Years, however, temps are expected to stay below 0. To top it off, a northwesterly wind will keep wind chills in the -20 to -30 range during the day, making for a brutal start to the new year.