Well what are you waiting for? Go to the mountains!
Then again it is pretty chilly. A cold "bluebird" day is happening Friday as I type this. The northern mountains got between 6-12 inches of fresh, beautiful snow, including Cannon Mtn, Stowe, Smuggs, Jay, Sugarbush, and almost Whiteface at 5 inches!
Well in my opinion Friday is the day to go. I do realize I'm typing this blog up with only a half-day left at the mountain. However once we get into this weekend, weather conditions are going to deteriorate some.
The weather forecast is going to turn windier, warmer, and stormier Saturday and Sunday. The same front that cruised through our area Thursday night, creating snow squalls and all that fresh powder at the resorts, will come back. Unfortunately its return to the area won't be as anticipated by area resorts because this time around it will be bringing in warmer air.
Temperatures are going to steadily rise through the weekend. Nighttime temperatures will either drop off just slightly or go up. Meanwhile we'll stay below freezing across the region up until about Saturday night, then go above freezing from Sunday morning through Wednesday morning. So we've got ourselves a bit of a thaw coming in for the mountains.
On the left you'll find snow accumulations in the mountains, courtesy reports from area resorts and www.snowcountry.com and www.skivermont.com . Another few mountains not listed on that graphic are Cannon Mtn w/4-6" fresh snow, Wildcat Mtn w/3" fresh snow, and Loon Mtn w/1-2" fresh snow as of Friday morning.
I do expect some rime ice on the mountain peaks Saturday w/accumulations up to a half inch. Bases will see light snow flurries or snow showers w/a half inch accumulation. However by Sunday it looks like rain for all, and very windy conditions. Rain amounts will range from a tenth to a quarter of an inch. We'll stay dry Monday, however warm with temperatures between 28-38 degrees. Then Tuesday the area will get another tenth to a quarter of an inch of rain. Ugh. Following that system, there's a chance of about 1-2" wrap-around snow shower activity Wednesday/Thursday of next week. The first half of December is looking warmer than average. I'll continue to update the resorts next week! Have a great weekend,
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier