Spring Skiing, Where The Powder Is Apr 19, 2017

Enjoy some late-season skiing and riding across parts of the country!  Lifts are still running at a number of ski resorts across the Lower 48.  For sake of ease and change, look for specific mountain information nearest you.  We can tell you that several ski areas in the Northeast remain open this weekend (April 22-23) while the West continues to dominate the ski stats this year.  Most ski areas remain open in Colorado, a few in Utah, but most of them still run in California.  In fact, the snow depth in California right now is more than the past four years combined!  Find that interesting?  Well, we wrote a story about it on our website and you can check it out here. 

We’ll work our way from west to east.  Another series of low pressure systems will cross the Pacific Northwest early Thursday, glide southeast across the Rockies into Friday, and leave fresh powder for a number of ski resorts for the weekend ahead.  The highest snow totals will be from Idaho to southwestern Montana, but especially highest across Wyoming and Colorado.  As much as 18 inches may fall at the peaks, however a general 6 inch event is more likely for most bases.

Forecast for Thursday night into Friday morning, April 20-21, 2017 where blue shows snow, green shows rain, and gray shows clouds. Weather fronts are annotated alongside.
Accumulated snowfall into the weekend where pinks show the highest amounts, possibly more than a foot at some summits.
California’s Sierra Nevada snow pack as of Wednesday, April 19. The brighter pinks show more than ten feet still on the ground.

Quick timeout to give a shout out to the Upper Midwest as the U.P. of Michigan will get up to 3-5 inches of heavy, wet snow.  Some of Minnesota and Wisconsin could get up to a few inches of snowfall Thursday as well.

A late-season Winter Weather Advisory for the U.P. of Michigan in effect Thursday, April 20.

Now we arrive at the East where several resorts plan to be open this weekend.  However it looks like Maine will be the lone state that gets the most accumulating snowfall into the weekend.  This will come in two batches.  One batch has already moved through Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  The second batch will come in late Friday.  General accumulations will be around four inches, isolated up to eight.

Projected weather for the Northeast Friday night with green showing rain, pink showing a wintry mix, and blue showing snow.
Potential snowfall across the Northeast by this weekend.

Be sure to check in with resorts near you and enjoy the ride!

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier

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