Frolic snowfall to please Northeast, Cascades and British Columbia this week--Change in European weather
REVIEW--- The weather pattern of this last week brought beneficial snows to a large part of California, Wyoming, parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada while much of Utah and parts of the Alberta are still seeing marginal snow conditions. Over the last week, Alpine Meadows, Homewood and Mammoth Mt.. in California continued to see their snowfall measured in feet with another 12-30." Parts of southern and central Colorado got into the act with Wolf Creek receiving 24" of snow and Creste Butte 22". Snowfall as Taos, New Mexico is improving rapidly with their base now up to 50". Most of central and eastern Colorado received under 5-10. Aspen received only 2" while Steamboat received 10". The snow winner in Nevada was the resort--Sierra at Tahoe who received a stellar 32" of snow. Ski conditions have improved at Heavenly and Squaw Valley whose season snow total now exceeds 135". If you are headed farther north to Jackson Hole or Grand Targhee, Wyoming, both of these popular resorts witnessed 1-2 feet of snow this past week. In Montana, snow amounts were generally in the 4-10" range where some improvement is occurring. Unfortunately in most of Utah, snowfall totals are still running well below normal for the season. Usually, when California gets nailed with heavy snows, Utah too is the beneficiary; but not much this time.
Ski conditions in New England and the east are good for this time of the year with normal to above normal snow cover in the Catskills, Adirondacks and Green Mountains of Vermont. If you are headed east, you will enjoy sking at such resorts as Sugarbush, Mad River Glen and Smuggler's Notch. Great skiing should be the rule at Bromley and Mt. Snow, assuming they get the snowstorm on Christmas. Even resorts such as Montage ski resort in the Poconos have a snow base of up of 48". Snowfall has been normal to above normal across much of southern New England this season and another big storm is headed their way for Christmas day.
FORECAST FOR THIS NEXT WEEK--- If you are travelling the next day or so, the main weather news will be in the Northeast where a major snow and ice-stormwill affect upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts and much of New England Christmas day and night. Ski conditions in the east are generally good for this time of the year and some regions in the Catskills, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine could see in excess of a foot of snow with blizzard conditions Christmas Day and night.
Besides the big eastern Christmas storm, a new system will be affecting Washington, Oregon and British Columbia with up to 6-12+" of snowfall Christmas Day and Thursday. Much of this moisture will begin to bring beneficial snows to southern British Columbia and Alberta where ski conditions have been marginal. Some places such as Panorama, and Fernie, B.C., who are really hurting for snow, may see in excess of a foot these next few days with more this weekend.
Utah, Colorado and Wyoming will see several days of drier weather with normal to above normal temperatures this week.
Yet another system will affect the Pacific Northwest by the weekend. This systemshould bring some important snows to Nevada, Utah and "possibly"Colorado by this weekend. However, some computer models keep the heaviestsnow again over the Cascades, Idaho and British Columbia so we will haveto see. Temperatures by this weekend will plummet into the single numbers and teens across much of the Rockies.
In Europe, a change in the weather pattern should bring very importantsnowfall to sections of France, Austria, Switzerland and Germany late this week.A more active pattern is seen benefiting these regions into the New Year.
Finally, our map today is valid for December 29th. The interesting feature to look at is the "U" and circled shaped trough forecasted to be over southern Nevada and Utah thiis weekend. The more circular the jet stream is thegreater chance for heavy snows over the southern Rockies and Wasatch mountains this weekend. Some computer models are forecasting this system to be further north.
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