The stage is set for a potential “snow event” this weekend, as two storm systems converge into a possible nor’easter along the east coast. Nor’easters are storms with strong winds blowing from the northeast - and can bring with them significant snowfall, wind, and damage similar to a Category One hurricane. In the Mid-Atlantic, heavy snow is currently in the forecast, beginning sometime late Friday or early Saturday morning.
Update (Friday 8:30 a.m.): Forecasters are currently predicting around 6 inches of snow for D.C., with higher amounts - up to a foot - in northern areas such as Pennsylvania. These predictions may change upwards or downwards depending on the path of the storm, which is expected to race up the east coast.
The snow could make driving treacherous Saturday. Snow is currently expected to taper off by Saturday evening as the storm pushes north into New England.
The natural snowfall will bring powder conditions to many resorts in the region, although resorts already have great conditions due to ideal snowmaking temperatures over the past several weeks. Many resorts in the region are now 100% open with the best conditions they have had in years.
Road conditions may scare skiers and boarders away from the slopes on Saturday until the storm moves on, but the storm should leave behind great conditions for New Year’s Day. Numerous resorts have special parties and late-night skiing planned for New Year’s Eve. And, with temperatures staying near or below freezing for the foreseeable future, great skiing conditions should last for some time.
Before visiting a resort this weekend, call the resort to verify operating status and to check road conditions. If high winds are associated with this storm, lifts may temporarily shut down. DCSki will try to provide the latest updates and information throughout the storm.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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