It’s been a wonderful season with consistent cold air and some big storms. But now that the calendar is close to April, northeastern skiers need to be comfortable knowing that many future storms will bring the chance for rain.

There was a possibility of a massive snowstorm today, Wednesday March 26th, but that storm is just a bit too far to the east to bring anything but wind to most ski areas. Nantucket is the place to be for snow lovers, and they are experiencing blizzard conditions with 60 mph wind gusts and heavy snow. Too bad they don’t have bigger dunes to ski on!

The next storm to impact the region will arrive on Friday, and unfortunately this one will track to the west and bring rain to all mountains areas. Once this system moves through, however, things might get more interesting later on Saturday night through Sunday into Monday morning.

One model takes a storm out to sea during this time with minimal precipitation for the ski areas, but the often-more-correct European model shows the storm staying closer to the coast with healthy snowfall for most mountains in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Keep an eye on this one.

The forecast for the middle and end of next week is rather murky, and much will depend on what happens with the weekend storm. So let’s take it one system at a time, and check back next week to see if New England can hang onto a few more weeks of winter.