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Holiday Hot Spots to See 1-4 Feet of Powder: 12.20 Snow B4U Go

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

The winter solstice occurs on Friday December, 21. The pattern over the next five days remains active in the Pacific Northwest with two to three additional storm systems. Pieces of these storm systems break loose and hit the Intermountain West ski areas in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado. In the Northeast, it's one big warm storm system followed by much smaller, fast moving storm systems. 

Overall, the pattern continues to look like a Modoki El Nino. Officially, we're still in ENSO-Neutral conditions. That means we're still waiting on El Nino to be declared. The sea surface temperatures in the South Pacific are all on the plus side (warmer than normal). The chance of an official El Nino is now up to 90 percent for this winter.  

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Pacific Northwest Weather

This is where the action is. Two to three more storm systems are lined up that will carry us through the weekend into early next week. Another 1-4 feet of snow is likely across the high Cascades and Volcanoes.  

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Banff Weather

Two to three storm systems are lined up through Christmas. Conditions should be excellent for Christmas.  

Whistler Blackcomb Weather

Two to three more storm systems are lined up between Thursday and Tuesday. 1-4 feet of accumulation is possible mid mountain and higher. Excellent Christmas holiday skiing.  

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California Weather

Two to three different storm systems are lined up over the next five days, but there are important differences. The first storm system on Friday is small. The second storm system on Sunday is small. The third storm system on Monday-Tuesday is large. That sets up Tahoe and Mammoth for great Christmas skiing.  

Colorado, Utah, Weather

Snow ends in Colorado early Thursday making for a bluebird powder day. Hit Loveland, Winter Park, Vail or Steamboat. Then, a cold front hits Utah on Friday and Colorado on Saturday with developing snowfall. This front brushes the Wasatch Front with light to moderate accumulations. Moderate snow accumulation appears likely in Colorado. 

The skiing in Utah looks great on Saturday and in Colorado on Sunday. Hit Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Steamboat or Loveland. Then an orographic pattern could setup across the Wasatch Front running into Colorado's Central and Northern Mountains between Sunday afternoon and Monday. If so, expect moderate snow accumulations of cold smoke powder. I'm also watching a larger storm system to move through the Four Corners between Christmas and the days after.

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Ski Resorts with the best chances for snow through this weekend, 12.20.2018.  - © Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Ski Resorts with the best chances for snow through this weekend, 12.20.2018.

Copyright: Meteorologist Chris Tomer

Wyoming, Montana, Idaho Weather

There are two storm systems lined up through Christmas. In fact, snow on Christmas Day appears likely. Schweitzer is in position to receive the most rolling accumulation followed by Whitefish, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. It's worth your time to hit Schweitzer between now and Christmas.         

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Northeast Weather

The forecast boils down to one large warm storm system between Thursday night and Sunday morning. Most of the precipitation will be rain. It changes to a brief period of snow Saturday night. Watching a smaller storm system potentially for Sunday night into Monday and again on Christmas Day or the day after.  

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