Fickle polar vortex

The weather has turned distinctly for the worse- rain today across the northeast, followed by a return to below-freezing temps in the far inland reaches of upstate NY, VT, northern NH and ME. By the weekend, some lake effect snow might dust the Tug Hill plateau and the western regions of NY.

Which means the remaining snow cover will get a nice, hard icy crust. Groomers will have their work cut out for them at touring centers, and backcountry conditions will be… challenging!

Timing is everything

A major winter storm will come through the Northeast US, potentially dumping serious snow in the Poconos, Catskills, and Berkshires and points northward.

Snowfall forecast for January 20
Snowfall forecast for Sunday night January 20

Daytime temps will stay below freezing till Wednesday, so plenty of places will have snow to open or have super conditions- by Monday afternoon. Envy the retirees.

Note: the ‘State of the touring centers’ won’t be updated till I have some solid data, likely Monday.