Downstate winter restart (Mar 1 2023)

Fahnestock, Minnewaska, and High Point have opened for skiing. Conditions fair to ‘minimal’ at this point- Fahneestock trails are 50% open. Because there is no base, beware of thin spots. /rock skis recommended.

Good day to be retired or a gig worker able to set your work days. Get it while it lasts!

This post is about conditions for Mar. 1, 2023, and forecast for the next few days.


A blast of snow came through and freshened up conditions across the entire region, focused mainly across upstate New York and New England. But several inches came down on the Hudson Highlands and northwestern New Jersey, allowing the closer areas to reopen, or in the case of Fahnestock, to open for the first time this season.

Hit up ‘State of the touring centers‘ or in the menu above for reported conditions as of today. Snow depth graphic below:

Snow depth in northeast US (NOAA) with ski centers marked, Mar 1, 2023


After a warm spell, we downstaters have another chance at some snow or wintry mix for the weekend. Wait and hope for it!

A petty significant snowfall event could drop 10″+ of snow across upstate NY and th Adirondacks, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and New Hampshire from the lakes district to the White Mountains. The probability of receiving more than 4″ is very high. Unfortunately the chances of getting snow in the immediate NYC metro is very low, and we should expect rain or wintry mix. But- Fahnestock, High Point, Minnewaska and Mohonk could get just enough of a refresh for continued skiing into next week.

Strong breezes and gusty winds of 30-40mph are expected Friday evening. Combined with the snow or wintry mix, driving could be hazardous.

Graphic showing 24-hour probability of >4" snow accumulation, as of Saturday Mar 4, 1pm EST (NOAA)
24-hour probability of >4″ snow accumulation, as of Saturday Mar 4, 1pm EST (NOAA)

For the week ahead, daytime temps will be cold enough in the north country, and early spring-like in the downstate and coastal areas. Where they get good cover, the snow might stick around for decent skiing next week.

Additional light snow may grace much of the region late Monday and lingering through Tuesday. There is also a chance for some light snow on Thursday.

Daytime tempsFriday 3/3Saturday 3/4Sunday 3/5Monday 3/6Tuesday 3/7Wednesday 3/8Thursday 3/9
Northern NY, VT, NHMid-20s to mid-30sMid-20s to mid-30sMid-20s to upper-30sUpper-20s to upper-30sMid-20s to mid-30sMid-20s to mid-30sMid-20s to upper-30s
NYC metro and coastal New England40s40sUpper-40sUpper-40s to 50sUpper-40s to mid-50s40sMid- to upper-40s

Rejoice, those who can take advantage of this opportunity!

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