A long stretch of quiet, but seasonable weather will finally come to an end as we head into the weekend. The high pressure responsible for the recent benign pattern will shift east as a cold front moves in from the west late Friday and early Saturday. Temperatures will warm a bit ahead of the front, reaching into the 50’s in most locations. Thankfully, temperatures at night will still generally drop below freezing. After the passage of the cold front, expect cooler air for the rest of the week, but still rather quiet as far as storms are concerned.
There is one thing to watch for right at the end of the coming week. There is a chance that a storm rides up along the Atlantic coastline around November 28, and intensifies as it does so. With just enough cold air already in place, this storm track could produce a decent snowfall for a significant portion of the northeast. As is always the case when it comes to storm tracks more than three to five days out, nothing is set in stone. However, especially given the uneventful nature of the weather lately, there is certainly nothing wrong with already getting excited about the idea of a good snowstorm!
Although temperatures at lower elevations at night have been somewhat favorable for snowmaking, the nature of our current weather pattern has created temperature inversions in a lot of locations. Simply put, this means that instead of the temperature decreasing with height you would typically expect, temperatures increase with height in certain areas. This has put some resorts that start at higher elevations (e.g. Cannon, Killington, etc.) at a disadvantage for a change. These same resorts will be very happy to see the passage of the aforementioned cold front, especially because of the colder air that will arrive after the front passes. In fact, some of these higher elevation resorts may get a chance to make snow around the clock Saturday night into Monday.
I’ve heard positive reports from folks getting out to the growing number of open resorts. So, certainly don’t let the lack of any natural snow or sustained cold keep you from enjoying what the Northeast has to offer right now. Remember, even a bad day on snow is way better than a good day in the office!
Brian Clark is a Meteorologist for OpenSnow.com.