The storm track will continue to deliver cold and snow to the Northeast this weekend. On the flip side, most of the West is mild and dry. This Presidents Day, part of that will change with snow moving back into the Northwest.
Northeast: A series of Alberta Clippers will deliver light to moderate snow accumulations to most of the ski areas between Thursday and Monday. Lake Effect snow will also be a factor, and cold temperatures will dominate. In fact, many ski areas will start below zero each morning. Wind chill values all weekend will range from the single digits to minus 40 on Saturday in NH, VT, NY and ME. The ski resorts in best position for snow accumulation are Smugglers' Notch, Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Wildcat, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and all ski areas close to Lake Ontario.
Idaho, Wyoming, Montana: This is definitely where the storm track turns the most active out West. However, initially the air mass is relatively warm, so snow levels will be quite high with rain possible at the base of some ski areas. Colder air filters in over the weekend changing the rain to snow. That said, the best snow doesn't start to accumulate until Saturday-Sunday-Monday in all three states. Accumulations over those three days looks moderate to heavy.
Utah, Colorado, New Mexico: A mostly dry and mild forecast except for a cold front on Valentine's Day continuing into Monday. This cold front is minor and will totally miss New Mexico. In Utah, it looks like a light snowfall on Sunday-Monday at the ski areas. Most of the accumulation may end up in northern Utah. In Colorado, it looks like a light to moderate snowfall on Sunday-Monday with the heaviest accumulations around Steamboat, Buffalo Pass and Flat Tops. High winds will also accompany this snowfall.
California: It's a mostly dry and mild forecast. A couple storm systems may brush extreme northern California, but that's about it.