After a two-week parade of large snowstorms across the West, the pattern is going to flip-flop. A shifting jet stream will end up further west. The northern branch of the jet stream will start to ridge into Canada. The net effect: The West is much drier from New Year's Day through this weekend.
Next week is a different story as the jet stream ushers those storm systems back into the West. The Northeast actually looks much better than the last couple months and will be colder with snow showers at the ski areas from New Year's Day through this weekend, thanks to the shifting jet stream.
Northeast: It looks like more of a wintery pattern from New Year's Eve through the weekend. I'm forecasting scattered snow showers each day at the ski areas. Accumulation looks light each day. High temperatures at the ski areas stay in the 20s and 30s through the weekend.
West: No big snow in the forecast from New Year's Day through this weekend. Air temperatures remain cold at the ski areas through this weekend with most ski areas starting below zero each morning.
California: It's a dry stretch until Sunday night into Monday when the next storm system moves in.
Colorado Backcountry Forecast: Avalanche Danger is currently rated at "Considerable" by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. The most recent storm cycle deposited 3-6 feet of snow on top of old snow, so watch out for large slabs that could break loose. We won't add a lot of wind this week or weekend, so a fair amount of the snow above timberline may stay in place for skiing.