UPDATED SNOW TOTALS AND CHASES FOR THE EAST AND WEST
Update JANUARY 4, 2017 AM
Snow is falling heavily along the eastern seaboard this morning with significant accumulations expected along the coast (11-17 inches outside Boston are possible). The models are taking a bit further moisture inland over New England which is good for many ski areas especially Maine and New Hampshire. These mountains will grab 7-10 inches today and perhaps another 1-3 tonight. Favored locations will be Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, and perhaps extending further west towards Loon and Waterville (Slightly lower amounts). In Vermont expect 4-7 inches at many mountain locations favoring the southern zones (Okemo, Mount Snow). I would chase south or further east if I were in central Vermont. If I were in Boston, I would chase north to Maine however north/central New Hampshire should do just fine. If you had to ask who wins the contest it may be Wachusett (1,000 vert) or Nashoba Mountain (240 vertical feet) just west of Boston (Night skiing could be epic). Below is a pick of the Ocean City Boardwalk this morning via webcam! Who ever thought we would be looking at seaside web cams for snow.
The West is still on track for a light to moderate amount. Models continue to show 6-9 inches for the Tetons Saturday-Sunday and 2-6 inches in many areas of Colorado. The Sierra is fizzling as I mentioned yesterday but will still see light snow Thursday night into Friday. In Colorado moisture has shifted further north. The San Juan mountains (Northern areas favored) will grab 1-3 inches while spots near Steamboat extending to Rifle, Sunlight Mountain (Glenwood) should grab 4-7 or more. Aspen, and areas east towards Summit County should grab moderate snow (3-6). Peak snowfall for the Tetons will be Saturday late AM through early Sunday evening. Peak snowfall for Colorado will be Saturday night into Sunday.
The Wasatch is losing hope for a deep dump with model discrepancies. It’s possible the Cottonwoods nab 4-6 inches while areas near Park City see 1-3. The Cascades get warm this week with mixed precipitation at the bases and high elevation light or moderate snow (colder by Friday night).
Long Term update: Significant snow is possible favoring the south or central Sierra range mid next week. That system will most likely bright a decent chance of a good dump for the 4 corners region including New Mexico and Arizona that have seen very little snow this season. Moisture most likely pushes north into the Tetons and Wasatch but it’s too far out to specify. A northern system will most likely bring snow back to the Panhandle of Idaho and a good portion of Montana next week.