Powder Forecast: Winter Returns to the West Next Week! A “Nor Easter” Edges into New England by Wednesday!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 2, 2012 12:39 am

We don’t talk about North Carolina very often but Sugar Mountain deserves some kudos for opening on Halloween (Earliest in history) with 2 runs, 15-30 inch base, and 9 inches fresh in the past 72 hours.  West Virginia reaped the rewards of Sandy with up to 2-3 feet in many of the mountain ranges with folks already attempting to get there “open or not”. We can’t wait to post some pics! 

The West has been warm and dry during the past week however long term models show a clear pattern change by the end of next week, colder air, and in some cases 10 inches or more snow especially for the Colorado and Utah mountain ranges towards next weekend.  Cold air in Canada will drop into the lower 48 by Thursday next week.  

Synopsis:  The Northwest will see light rain over the next few days and sees a trend for snow by next Thursday/Friday (Light to moderate amounts).  That cold air will drop through the Sierra late next week with some moisture however amounts might stay in the low to moderate range.  The Wasatch, Tetons, and a wide area of Colorado might see higher amounts beginning next Friday and continuing through the weekend!  Cold air filters as far south as Arizona so expect this event to send off some powder alerts in a very large area of the Rockies. This might not be the 2 foot dream that we are waiting for, however it should certainly spike some smiles especially in the southern Rockies where West Virginia and North Carolina have them beat year to date! The pattern stays wet for the Northwest and colder for the week of November 12th so expect heavy snow possible by week #2! 

HERE IS A MAP OF OUR THE GFS MODEL FOR LATE NEXT WEEK FOR THE WEST

EAST COAST ALERT:  NOR EASTER EDGES UP THE COAST BY MID WEEK!

The East Coast is setting itself up for colder temperatures by the middle of next week and snow likely into New England by Thursday!   This event will favor resorts inland from the coast such as Gunstock, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and perhaps southern Vermont.  Primarily rain will fall along the coast and into the Boston and NY metro area.  The real danger will be that power outages will be continuing in the Metro areas will spike heating demands, generators, etc. There have been over 50 cases of Carbon Monoxide Poisonings in the past 24 hours so please remember to keep generators outside, away from vents and do not use cooking appliances to heat your home.  Our hearts go out to those being impacted by the storm!  Think Powder, Think Winter or whatever it takes to put a smile on your face.

 

GFS Wednesday evening November 7thPlease continue to post you questions, comments, and observations under Powder Buzz on the homepage. 

Powderchaser Steve

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