Weekend storm system…Big change to colder weather ahead….

While this week has been dreadful for the ski industry, hang on….good news in on the way!

Thursday will be another relatively mild day with some rain possible as a frontal boundary shifts through the region. There could be a little backlash snows Thursday night up in the Virginias and Maryland, but nothing heavy.

Friday looks like a quiet and cooler day before a big storm system arrives this weekend.

There are lots of details still up in the air with the weekend storm system. However, it sure looks like some good snows will occur in Maryland and the Virginias, although I am not convinced some rain might not mix in for a period. For the North Carolina mountains, there looks to be a period of wintry mix or rain Sarturday before the colder air crashes in and the precip changes to all snow. It looks like some healthy upslope snows will occur Saturday night into Sunday in the favorable areas as well.

It is simply to early to speculate on snow totals…the disturbance that will crank this storm system is still off of the California coast! Lots of variables are in play here, and a lot could change. In fact, one computer model has been insisting that precip won’t even begin until early Sunday morning! So, stay tuned.

Regardless of how things unfold this weekend, at least the first half of next week will be frigid….music to the ears of the ski industry!

Matthew East
Meteorologist
News 14 Carolina
http://www.news14.com
http://matthewest.blogspot.com

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Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.