San Antonio, TX last night | Photo (+Cover): Elizabeth Lyons

[Forecast courtesy of Powderchasers]

Powder in Texas! The southeast grabs 6-8 inches of snow with New England on our powder radar this weekend and mid next week.

Summary December 8, 2017 AM Report

It was 80 degrees in most areas of Texas a few days ago. It’s snowing in most of the Southeast that will extend up the coast today and eventually into New England this weekend. Colorado got teased last night with up to 4″ at Winter Park and Arapahoe Basin but College Station, TX edged them out at 5-6″. A decent storm may land in New England Tuesday/Wednesday after a tease this weekend. The West stays dry with a strong ridge that might break down by the 17th-18th timeframe?

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Short Term Forecast:

Snow is falling from Texas through the southeast (Includes LS, MS, AL,GA, TN, NC, SC). Winter storm warnings up for the mountains of NC. Sugar Mountain NC is reporting 1 inch new this morning with moderate snow falling. “we challenge anyone to the chase here as with a 5,300 elevation at the summit and 1200 vertical it’s plausible.” On their website there is even a tab that says How to put your lift ticket on which gave me a laugh this morning.

An additional 3″ should fall over the next 24 hours so if your not there yet– start chasing!

Total snowfall through Saturday night highlighting the southeast | Image: WXBell

New England will see snow this weekend beginning on Saturday morning. The heaviest snow will fall closest to the coast where Rhode Island, Eastern MA (Boston) may see 4-8 inches (Wachusett may be a viable option). 2-4 inches may fall in the western mountains including a wide area of southern NH and Vermont with higher amounts possible in Maine the further east you travel. Higher snow amounts are likely mid week in the extended forecast.

New England snow totals through Sunday | Image: WXBell

Extended Forecast:

Moisture will begin falling again over New England next week on Tuesday. Its unclear where the highest amounts will set up. My speculation favors resorts in New Hampshire and Maine where 4-8 inches are possible through Thursday morning. Vermont will see snowfall with perhaps lighter amounts? Higher amounts may happen with a good tap of moisture from the ocean waters (Southerly flow) combining with colder air moving from the north. The highest snowfall amounts will occur Tuesday late AM through Wednesday afternoon. Snow showers will continue over Maine into Thursday morning. Your best bet for powder might be Wednesday morning at most resorts or perhaps later for northern Maine locations.

Vermont rental anyone? My friend Mike Gilman has a swag house in Peru Vermont close to many of the southern ski resorts. You can find the info at…

Strong high pressure continues in the West. Models show this ridge weakening around the December 17th timeframe. There is no way to forecast what happens from that point other than confidence increases for some moisture may return to the west. Confidence is high that the ridge weakens. Confidence is low on moisture and favored areas that may see precipitation.

Strong ridge of high pressure over the west (December 15th) | Image: WXBell
Ridge weakens somewhat towards the 17th-18th timeframe | Image: WXBell

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