Weekly Weather Forecast: Dry in the west, chance of snow in Midwest, Northeast
In our latest weather forecast, in collaboration with OpenSnow.com, it’s looking like a rather dry couple of days for the western portion of the United States. Not much in the way of snowfall expected in Colorado, Utah, the Northern Rockies, the Sierra Nevada, or the Pacific Northwest, although Washington’s Mt. Baker could see 2 to 4 inches on Friday. The Midwest could see some snowfall, upwards of 11 inches in some places, while the Northeast could see a couple of inches in certain areas through Monday. For the full forecast for this week, see below:
Colorado enjoyed a nice Christmas present in the form of an abundance of new snow: up to 20 inches of snow in some areas along I-70 over the past four days. Moving forward, the forecast for Colorado is a bit drier, with a low probabilit for any significant snowfall in the final days of 2014.
For daily Colorado powder forecasts from OpenSnow founder Joel Gratz, click here.
Utah’s upcoming weather pattern looks to be just as uneventful as Colorado’s. While Utah enjoyed that new snow that just fell upon the Rockies, too, an inversion will take place this coming week, with temperatures in the mountains shooting to slightly above average.
Stay up to date on weather in the Beehive State thanks to Evan Thayer.
The Northern Rockies
The Northern Rockies should be mostly dry towards the end of the week. Idaho’s Lookout Pass is set to receive 1 to 3 inches on Friday. Other than that, the state of Wyoming looks to remain dry for the next couple of days. Montana, specifically Whitefish Mountain Resort, Teton Pass Resort, and Turner Mountain could all see 1 to 2 inches of snow Friday night, with the rest of the state looking for a dusting of snow on Saturday.
For more daily weather reports, click here.
Like the rest of the west, the PNW looks to stay pretty dry in the coming days, with the only ski area in Washington looking to receive any accumulation being Mt. Baker (big surprise), which could see 2 to 4 inches of the white stuff on Friday. The state of Oregon looks to be completely dry through Monday night.
Click here for the complete Pacific Northwest forecast.
The Sierra Nevada
While the Sierras will remain dry through the end of 2014, OpenSnow is optimistic, as the weather patterns show signs of increased activity in the beginning of January, around the eighth of the month.
Bryan Allegretto provides daily snow forecasts for California, here.
Look for many ski areas in Vermont, including Magic Mountain, Jay Peak, Middlebury Snowbowl and Mad River Glen, to see a coating up to 3 inches of snow through Thursday night. The next chance for any snowfall will come on Sunday night, but don’t expect too much in the way of accumulation.
Maine stands to benefit a bit more than Vermont from a storm on Thursday night. Areas like Sugarloaf, Camden Snowbowl, Saddleback, and Sunday River will all see anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of new snowfall. New Hampshire ski areas like Loon Mountain, Waterville Valley, and Cannon Mountain could all see 2 to 4 inches of snow, with the rest of the state expecting about 1 to 3.
OpenSnow is optimistic about a storm that has a chance to hit right around the end of 2013, but that’s still a bit down the road.
Brian Clark heads the New England snow forecasts with New England Daily Snow.
Forecast for the Northeast, courtesy of OpenSnow
Michigan is looking to get in on some of the action happening at the end of this year. Mont Ripley can look forward to up to 11 inches of accumulation while Mount Bohemia can look for up to 9 inches by Friday morning. Other resorts like Blackjack, Big Powderhorn, and Indianhead can see some action later in the week, expecting 2 to 4 inches of snow through Saturday night.
The best chance for Wisconsin to see some snow will be over the weekend, with a dusting of up to 3 inches of snow expected throughout the state, with higher totals falling at Granite Peak and Whitecap Mountain.
For more from the Midwest, follow OpenSnow’s Andrew Murray.
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About the author:
Donny O'Neill hails from the mystical, faraway land of New Hartford, CT. When he's not in the mountains searching for Big Foot, he's the Associate Editor here at Freeskier.