I'm forecasting a large storm system on both coasts to start the weekend. Out West, the storm track favors heavy rain and snow, but the storm track in the northeast is warmer with mostly rain.
California: A large, powerful storm system arrives Thursday night and continues on Friday and Saturday before ending. This storm is warm and very windy to start with high snow levels, but colder air gradually filters in Friday night into Saturday forcing the snow level to drop quite low. This will produce widespread heavy snow accumulations across Tahoe and Mammoth. Saturday and Sunday are the best days for powder skiing.
Colorado, Utah: Heavy snow arrives in Utah on Friday night continuing on Saturday. That snow hits Colorado on Saturday afternoon continuing through Sunday. Light snow may clip the Northern Mountains of Colorado on Monday. Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin, Aspen/Snowmass, Crested Butte, Monarch and Silverton are all in good position.
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho: Light to moderate snow continues in Idaho and Western Montana on Thursday. Then a much heaver push of snow accumulation arrives on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in all three states. This will be a good stretch for powder skiers at Schweitzer, Whitefish, Big Sky, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole, Bridger Bowl and Sun Valley.
Pacific Northwest: This is going to be a wet stretch with precipitation possible each day over the next five days. Heavy snow is likely on the high Cascades and volcanoes.
Whistler/Blackcomb: Another banner stretch is in my forecast with heavy snow accumulations likely. Precipitation is possible each day for the next five days.
Northeast: A sprawling storm system on Thursday and Friday appears quite warm with mostly rain initially then over to a quick shot of light snow Friday afternoon into Saturday morning as the storm ends. Then conditions dry out significantly. The best day to ski new snow is Saturday.
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