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This weekend is shaping up to be generally quiet across most of the United States. The storm that affected much of the East over the Thanksgiving holiday will clear but a cool trend will stay in place through the weekend. This is great news for snowmaking at resorts of the midwest and northeast.
Temperature anomaly, according to the American GFS, on Saturday morning. The term temperature anomaly means a departure from the long-term average. Source WeatherBell.com
The only potential for snow for this weekend is a quick-moving storm that will advance across the Northwest on Saturday and the Northern Rockies late Saturday night into Sunday. This is what meteorologists call a shortwave trough. It is a crinkle embedded in the general flow that creates energy (vorticity), which often ignites precipitation.
The quick-moving storm, or shortwave trough, according to the American GFS as of Saturday night. Source: TwisterData.com, analysis by OpenSnow.
Areas of Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming could see a quick 3 to 6 inches of snowfall with the northern mountains of Colorado also having the potential to pick up a swift 2 to 4 inches.
Total accumulated snowfall, accordiing to the GEM (Canadian model), through Sunday afternoon. Source: WeatherBell.com
Looking ahead into early next week, a pattern of cold and storminess is projected to settle over the West. This will be a big change compared to the relatively mild weather the West has seen this week. If the models stay on track, next week looks primed for snowfall all across the western United States.
This week's weather pattern will consist of snow in the Upper Midwest and Eastern United States, while dry conditions prevail in the West. The cut-off low that brought abundant snowfall to the Desert Southwest this past weekend will continue to push east bringing snow to parts of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas on Monday into Tuesday. Then a very complex system affects the Eastern US through the Thanksgiving holiday.
The American GFS on Wednesday showing quiet conditions in the west and storminess in the east. Source: WeatherBell.com, analysis by OpenSnow.
The upper midwest will be the first area to be affected Tuesday into Wednesday. This will be a quick hitter with Northern Wisconsin and Michigan to be mainly affected. Read the Upper Midwest Daily Snow, written by Meteorologist Andrew Murray, for more details.
Our attention now turns to the Eastern United States where areas of heavy snow and rain will be possible Tuesday through Friday.
Total snow accumulation, according to the American GFS, through Friday afternoon. Source: WeatherBell.com
Winter storm watches are already in place for many parts of Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont. The resorts of Upstate New York will likely see upwards of a foot of snow through Friday afternoon, and this snow will also be accompanied by unseasonably cold temperatures of 20 degrees below average on Thanksgiving day.
Temperature anomalies, according to the American GFS, on Thanksgiving day. Source: WeatherBell.com, analysis by OpenSnow.
Our New England Meteorologist Brian Clark, along with our Mid-Atlantic Meteorologist Kyle Dodd, will have the latest details on this holiday storm as it progresses throughout the week in the New England Daily Snow and in the Mid-Atlantic Daily Snow.
Safe travels and have a great Thanksgiving!
The weather in the United States this weekend will be dominated by two systems affecting opposite sides of the country. The first is a cut-off low off the coast of California. The second system brings chances for snow to the upper midwest and northeastern United States.
Source: Meteostar, analysis by Sam Collentine of OpenSnow.com
The cut-off low, meaning the storm is cut-off from the main west-to-east flow of weather, will bring heavy snowfall to areas of California, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Colorado. The OpenSnow Powder Finder is showing BIG accumulations for this area of the country. If you're looking to find deep powder this weekend, the desert southwest is where you want to be. Flash flood watches are even in place for parts of central Arizona so this will be an interesting system to follow throughout the weekend!
Total snow accumulation, in inches, through 11pm MST Saturday. This prediction might be on the high side for some areas. Source: WRF Model, CAIC.
The upper midwest and northeastern areas of the United States will also see chances for snow this weekend. The system will make its way across the upper midwest Friday into Saturday and then into the northeastern United States Saturday into Sunday. Frigid temperatures will accompany this system as it tracks southeast into New York. This is great news for snowmaking at resorts of the midwest and northeast.
Storm track, according to the American GFS Model, as of Friday night. Source: Meteostar, analysis by OpenSnow.com