Heavy snow will fly across the West and the Northeast this weekend. I'm forecasting three different storm systems to effect the West from Thursday through Sunday, and one of those storm systems will then track east and intensify into a large Nor`easter with snow, wind and rain. It's a good weekend for skiers and snowboarders!
Northeast: Snow showers on Thursday, light accumulations. Friday is a transition day. All eyes are on a potential Nor`easter developing Saturday and exiting on Sunday. Rain is likely on the coast and heavy snow possible inland for Killington, Mount Snow, Okemo, Sunday River and Wildcat. Temperatures turn colder on Sunday, falling into the teens. Wind may be an issue close to the coast, at 20 to 40 mph. Accumulations are completely dependent on the exact track of this storm system.
California: Three different storm systems will deliver snow between Thursday and Sunday from Mammoth to Tahoe. The first storm hits Thursday night into Friday morning. Moderate to heavy accumulations expected. The second storm hits Saturday morning and exits by Sunday morning. Moderate accumulations expected. The third storm hits Sunday night and continues into Monday. Heavy snow accumulations possible.
Colorado, Utah and New Mexico: Three different storm systems will deliver snow to Utah and Colorado between Thursday and Sunday. The first storm hits on Thursday with light to moderate accumulations. The second storm hits Friday and exits by Saturday morning. Moderate accumulations possible. The third storm hits Saturday night into Sunday. Light to moderate accumulations expected.
You'll also notice 30 to 60 mph wind gusts above treeline in Colorado this weekend. In Colorado, the three storms systems look to drop the most snow in the central and northern mountains west of the Divide, which includes Vail, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Irwin, Snowmass and Aspen. New Mexico's best chance for snow arrives with the second storm system on Friday into Saturday morning.
Idaho, Wyoming and Montana: Three different storm systems en-route between Thursday and Monday. The first storm hits Thursday and exits Friday morning with light to moderate accumulations at the ski areas. The second storm hits Friday morning and continues through Saturday morning. Light to moderate accumulations possible. The third storm arrives on Monday. Idaho appears to be in the best position to squeeze out the biggest totals with each storm, although Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee will also do well.
Pacific Northwest: It's an active storm track with three different storm systems between Thursday and Sunday. Looking at some 2 to 3 foot totals by Monday morning above 5,000 feet in the Cascades.