Rainy conditions yesterday didn't produce any new snowfall for the resorts. Expect the slopes to steadily improve as we move toward the weekend. Chilly temperatures and some stray snow showers will be the theme for this weekend.
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Short Term Forecast
Good morning everyone, currently last night’s rain showers are moving east and out of the region. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much in terms of accumulations for the slopes. No resorts have posted any new snowfall in the last 24 hours. The potential “rap around” snowfall from the cold front that just passed over us, didn’t lower temperatures enough to produce snow in the lower elevations. It’s possible that the summits received some snow, however the bases received a mix of sleet and rain. We heard yesterday that Cannon actually closed for the day due to the poor conditions. Taking a look the current radar, the only lingering effects from this storm look to affect northern Maine. Here’s the current precipitation conditions for your area:
Image from Intellicast
Today expect conditions to be slightly better than yesterday’s. Temperatures did dip low enough last night on the slopes to produce man made snow. In no way are conditions going to be perfect, but you’ll definitely be able to get some decent runs in. Expect clearer skies for today through the end of this week as high pressure builds in the region. High temperatures will hover around freezing at the resorts, and winds will continue to be subtle though the end of the work week.
Overall, expect conditions to steadily improve as we move toward the weekend. Artificial snow will continue to add to any snowpack lost to yesterday’s rain showers. Here’s the current webcam image from the top of Cannon:
As we head into the weekend, temperatures will continue to drop in the eastern half of the United States, and this looks to continue to be the trend for the foreseeable future. This pattern will remain in place through the weekend and well into next week, inducing noticeably deep winter-like conditions.
Saturday looks to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 30s. An elongated area of low pressure will produce significant precipitation offshore of New England, but will only skirt the Northeast, bringing the possibility for some brief snow showers in the southeast corner of the region.
A weak system riding along a deepening upper level trough will move through the region on Sunday, bringing the possibility for some scattered and upslope snow showers across northern New England. Temperatures will barely reach 30 for highs across the region, with lows dropping into the teens overnight Sunday. With winds fairly light and no significant precipitation in the works for this weekend, this looks to be a wonderful opportunity to hit the slopes with windchill not being a prevalent factor. In addition, more mountain resorts continue to open to the public. Here are a few whose projected opening days begin this weekend:
Black Mountain, NH (12/9)
Ragged Mountain Resort, NH (12/7)
Bolton Valley, VT (12/9)
Similarly, another weak alberta clipper will skirt northern New England on Monday, with the potential to bring small accumulations to the northern slopes. There is potential for some significant snow accumulations to arrive next week, but there is still too much uncertainty to project this far out. Check back in throughout this week for continuous updates on this new snowy, winter pattern!
Christopher Hohman, Plymouth State Student Meteorologist
Julia Moreland, Plymouth State Student Meteorologist
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