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Legend…The large circles you see by mid week—east of New Foundland and in northern Alberta and B.C., —represent plenty of bitter cold March air that will make its way south into much of the Northeast, northern Rockies and Canada over the next 10 days.Heavy snows may fall across southern B.C., Alberta and the northern Cascades and New England along the boundary of this cold air.
The big weather news has been the return of stellar ski conditions in parts of the Rockies, in which places like Steamboat Springs has received over 63 inches of snowthe past ten days, while Vail has received 37 inches, Telluride 28 inches, Wolf Creek 59 inches and Keystone 21 inches. Virtually every resort in Colorado received a significant amount of snow from this last system.
In Utah, Brianhead Resort won this week’s snow reward with 28 inches, while Beaver Mt. received 16 inches. Most of the more well known ski areas in Utah such as Alta, Snowbird and Park City stillcan use more snow because they saw generally under 5 inches of snow for the week.
In California and Nevada, Alpine Meadows received over a foot of snow, while Squaw and Heavenly received about 3-6 inches. Northstar at Tahoe got about a foot last week. Conditions are improving in much of the Sierras. They can expect at least 4-10 inches by the middle of this week.
In Oregon, Mt. Hood received around 10 inches this past week. Additional snows early this week could easily dump another 6-10 inches across the northern Cascades, bringing some relief from the dry stretch which affected some ski resorts in Washington and Oregon lately.
In Canada, most of B.C. saw light amounts of snow in the 2-5 inch range. The weather word these next seven days for this region is “cold” with temperatures some 8-15 degrees below normal with occasional light snows. There is a chance for a foot or more of snow from Whistler to Fernie by mid-week, with bitter cold temperaturesacross northern B.C. and Alberta. In Alberta, resorts such asBanff and Castle Mt. saw up to 6-12 inches of snow and conditions have improved somewhat from the bone-dry conditions of a few weeks ago. Skiing in Quebec is quite good given the recent cold and snow with Gray Rocks seeing about 10 inches andMt. Sainte-Anne about 12 inches the last week.
In the Northeast, ice, rain and snow a week ago has been replaced by colder weather. Skiing is improving across much of northern and central Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine where anywhere from 4-12 inches fell this past weekend. More snow is expected this week, with mid-to-late week snows of at least 4-8 inches are possible from two separate Alberta Clippers.
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