The weather pattern for the end of this week and weekend will once again favor the Northern Rockies for the heaviest snowfall. The jet stream will usher in a couple different storms off the Pacific. The storm track will route them through the Cascades, Idaho, Montana, Utah and northern Colorado between Friday and Monday. We're talking two waves of accumulation at the ski areas.
Northern California will finally see two chances for snowfall. But, we're not talking big snow, and there's a chance Lake Tahoe could get missed by both. Meantime, the Northeast is in for light snow with the possibility of a Nor'easter very late in the weekend.
Northeast: Some light snow will brush the ski resorts on Friday and possibly a Nor'easter late Sunday into Monday. Resorts like Sugarloaf, Sugarbush, Okemo, Jiminy Peak, Jay Peak and Killington could see a couple inches of accumulation on Friday. The potential Nor'easter would bring a round of heavier snow late Sunday into Monday–especially to ski areas in Maine.
Rockies: This is where the best snow will fall between Friday and Monday, specifically, in the northern Rockies. Ski areas such as Jackson Hole, Grand Targhee, Big Sky, Sun Valley, Alta, Snowbird, Snowbasin and Steamboat are line for the most snow. I foresee two distinct waves of snow accumulation. The first wave hits Saturday and the second wave hits Sunday into Monday. Take note, the second wave of snow will be much bigger than the first.
California: After a warm, dry stretch, some snow finally returns to northern California. A slight chance of snow hits on Friday night and the second hits on Saturday night into Sunday. Again, the second storm looks bigger than the first. However, there's a chance both storms could totally miss the Tahoe ski resorts.