Solspot North America Weekly Snow Forecast and Weather Overview for 2/29/12

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in Home Page Weather, National Snow Forecast and Long Range Outlook, solspot | 0 comments

US Weekly Snow Forecast for North America: The strong systems moving through the Pacific NW continue to pummel the area with rain, sleet, and even better snow.

The Pacific-NW continues to dominate on the snowfall totals…some resorts like Mt Baker already have base depths over 200 inches and this latest storm just dumped another 3-feet of powder across its home ridge.

Once these storms have cleared the Coastal Ranges they have been losing a bit of moistur but even with that loss they still seem to possess enough leftover water vapor to get the Western Rockies’ resorts like those in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and the northern areas of Utah a few more inches of powder.

California, in particular Southern California warms back up to nearly summer temps and it looks like any snow that came down this week will be turning into Big Bear lake fairly quickly…while Mammoth and June hold onto the new snow longer than its more southerly brethren.

You can check out the full list of resorts with upcoming snow over the next 72 hours across the country.

West CoastThe Rockies and Central USEast Coast

The Long-Range Snow Forecasts The trend of wintery weather in springtime (maybe 2012 is going to get us!) picks up again as we move into the middle of next week. We have a bunch of new lows trying to force themselves through the high pressure, hitting the Pac-NW hard and then driving out toward the Central Rockies.

This just means that the current pattern that we have been stuck in for the last several weeks will continue with intermittent storms adding more snowpack to the Mountains and Glaciers in Washington, Oregon, and BC.

These storms do make their way further eastward by the end of next week but it is too soon to tell if these will have enough moisture to drop much snow on the Rockies…and even less of a chance for spots in the Mid-Atlantic and NE States to get much out of it.

Like I mention in my West Coast snow forecast…the super long-range forecast is pretty sketchy…the weather models always get screwy as we transition seasons…so while it has some lows stacking up in the NPAC…I have a gut feeling that they will be sliding down the California Coast to spin up the eddy (june gloom) and never really get a shot at producing much snow. Still it is worth watching…and crossing your fingers that these forecast storms drive east rather than south when they hit the coastal ranges.

Adam Wright
Snow Forecaster

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