Winter has been in full affect over the past week in the Northeast. After 4 feet of snow fell the week prior at Stowe another 16 inches fell this past week. The difference this week was that more snow fell in the Southern areas with 13 up North at Jay and then 23 inches down South at Mt. Snow. Stowe is now within 3 inches of the 200 inch mark which they may hit Thursday night.
The temperatures have been cold the past few days but a warm front is currently pushing through the Northeast. There could be some light snow showers tonight on the mountains as the warm front pushes through. Then much warmer temperatures into the 40’s for Wednesday and then 50’s for Thursday.
On Thursday a cold front will begin to approach and rain will start to move in during the day. Then overnight the cold front will move through changing the rain to snow across the mountains. The question will be how much moisture is left behind the cold front after the rain turns to snow. It looks like the most snow will fall across Northern NY, VT and NH. Another wave of moisture could bring more light snow showers Friday.
Here is the snowfall forecast through Friday off the GFS forecast model showing 2-4 inches across the Northern areas.
After this storm the question is will Spring move in starting Sunday as we turn the clocks ahead. I talked last week about the possible heat wave coming to the East next week and it looks like we will see temperatures up into the 50’s next week. Some of the forecast models show temperatures as high as 20 degrees above average. That adds insult to the already disappointing Winter, although conditions right now are some of the best they have been all season.
This only brings us to the middle of March though so there is still time for Winter to make a comeback later in March. The forecast models are split for the end of next week with some showing the ridge still going strong and others showing a cold trough bringing back Winter after the warm week.
There always seems to be a Winter storm in the Northeast around St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll drink to hoping that the same comes true for those in the Northeast again this year. If the warmth hangs on too long the season could be cut short as a lot of resorts in New England try to stay open into April. BA