Pow Alert: The East Coast reigns supreme while snow returns to the Rockies

Pow Alert: The East Coast reigns supreme while snow returns to the Rockies

Skiers residing in the Rocky Mountains will rejoice this week, as the high pressure ridge that’s been plaguing the west will shift a bit, allowing for snow to move into the region. Skiers on the East Coast will once again see fresh snow this weekend, continuing their hot (or cold?) streak of pow days. Read below for full details.

Note: All snow totals listed are taken Wednesday morning and derived from the five day powder forecast on OpenSnow.com. Forecasts are subject to change.


In his Colorado Daily Snow, Joel Gratz writes, “Things are looking up. The pattern shift may finally move toward a full-on pattern change.” Hallelujah! As far as the short term, the next five days are looking primo for the Centennial State. The snow this week will mostly fall on Saturday and Sunday, and favor ski areas east of the Continental Divide, such as Arapahoe Basin, Winter Park, Loveland and Eldora. From Wednesday through Sunday, Eldora is expecting 20 inches of snowfall, while Winter Park, Loveland and A-Basin are looking at about 14 inches. Resorts in southern Colorado, such as Telluride and Wolf Creek, will be more in the nine inch range. Get after it this weekend, Colorado powderhounds, and keep those snow dances coming, as the pattern appears to be shifting.

Precipitation forecast

Colorado precipitation forecast for Friday through Monday. Image courtesy of OpenSnow

The Northeast

The snowy trend will continue for the “Beast Coast” this week.

The flakes will fly on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, with the biggest snow totals expected in Maine. The forecast shows between 21 and 23 inches of snow falling on Sunday River, Saddleback and Sugarloaf by Sunday.

In New Hampshire, 19 to 23 inches is expected at Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods, Waterville Valley and Cannon Mountain.

Vermont will get in on the action as well, as Burke Mountain, Jay Peak, Stowe and Smugglers’ Notch all looking at 15 to 16 inches of freshies. New York is looking at similar snow totals, with Kissing Bridge, Snow Ridge and McCauley Mountain expecting 12 to 13 inches of snow.

Massachusetts will also fare well from this storm, with six to eight inches expected across the state.

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New Mexico

Sunday should be epic in The Land of Enchantment. On Saturday and Sunday, 18 inches of snow is expected to hit Taos Ski Valley, while the rest of the state is looking at about 11 inches.

The Mid-Atlantic

The flakes will fall throughout the week in the state of West Virginia, with the heaviest coming on Sunday. Snowshoe is expecting a whopping 27 inches of snow by Sunday, while Timberline and Canaan Valley will be more in the 15 inch range.

Virginia is also looking to get some face shots, with Homestead expecting 15 inches by Sunday.

The snow forecast for Pennsylvania is lookin’ sexy this week, as a projected 12 to 14 inches is set to blanket Seven Springs, Mount Pleasant and Hidden Valley by Sunday.

In North Carolina (I know, technically the Southeast but we’ll throw ’em into the Mid-Atlantic), resorts like Beech Mountain and Sugar Mountain will receive 12 to 14 inches of snow by Sunday.

The Northern Rockies

Saturday and Sunday are the probable pow days for Wyoming this week. Snowy Range (in the southeastern part of the state) is looking at 17 inches of new snow by Sunday, while Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee are expecting eight to 11 inches.

In Montana, the highest snow accumulations will be at the Montana Snowbowl, where 11 inches of snow is forecasted by Sunday, with about eight projected for areas like Bridger Bowl and Lost Trail Powder Mountain.

Idaho will get the short end of the stick in regards to the Northern Rockies, as about eight inches are projected for Cottonwood Butte, a small ski area in the western part of the state.


Utah won’t fair as well as its neighbor to the east, but Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, Solitude and Powder Mountain are all expecting about six inches of fresh snow.

The Midwest

In Michigan, Swiss Valley and Crystal Mountain are expecting a solid nine inches of snowfall by Sunday, while the rest of the state will be in the five to seven inch range.

Wisconsin is expecting a bit less snow than Michigan, with five inches expected at Whitecap Mountain.

The Sierra Nevada

While only Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain are expecting any snow (about an inch on Sunday), OpenSnow’s Bryan Allegretto mentions in his Tahoe Daily Snow that a cold trough will try and push into the region beginning next week, bringing chances for colder weather and snow. Keep those dances comin’, folks.

Pacific Northwest

The mild winter will continue in Oregon and Washington, with only a dusting to a couple of inches expected at the PNW ski areas.


Snow will move into Alberta on Friday and Saturday, with Nakiska, Castle Mountain and Marmot Basin expecting about eight inches by Sunday. The Banff ski areas are looking at about one to three inches.

British Columbia

The Resorts of the Canadian Rockies including Kimberley and Fernie are expecting about five to six inches of new snow by Sunday.

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