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.
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.
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.
Be sure to check in with resorts near you and enjoy the ride!
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Steve Glazier