As we reported on earlier this month, NOAA is calling for a decent chance of El Nino conditions for the 2018 – 2019 ski season. If the weather guys are to be believed, who will benefit from this change in weather pattern?
The Southwest: Currently the Southwest is the heavy favorite moving into the winter. According to NOAA, the majority of the Southwest regions has a good chance of above average precipitation this winter.
Northern California: Northern California, including the Mt. Shasta region, often does well during an El Nino season. Look for average to above average snowfall this upcoming season.
Colorado: Brah-la-rado as a whole is a bit of a wildcard during El Nino events. That being said, the resorts in the southern parts of the state could see a season that will hopefully put this past season behind them.
The Pacific Northwest: NOAA prediction does not bode well for the PNW.
Idaho/Montana: Falling in line with the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rocky Mountain States are all projected to have weak winters on deck with Montana projected to have a sharp downturn form this season ‘s historic snowfalls.
The Midwest: Sorry TJ but it looks like Mt. Brighton is in for a particularly bad year less than the average snowfall being projected.
Wyoming: Meteorologists are unsure as to how northwest Wyoming will shake out this winter. El Niño is known to have varying effects in the region depending on how far the Jet Stream extends from south to north.
Utah: Utah is the real wildcard here, as El Niño can be great or devastating. However, Accuweather is currently predicting that southern Utah will have a better than normal season. So get out the touring setup; it’s time to explore what Moab has to offer in the wintertime.
The Northeast: As of now, the northeast has an equal chance for average snowfall according to NOAA. We’ll just have to wait and see if a polar vortex hits New England and provides plentiful powder along the East Coast or if the reputation as the Ice Coast returns.