Weather by Tim Kelley
Thursday March 23rd, 2017 - 10:46 am
We know it could not go on like that forever.
Unlike in February when we had 50 inches of snow and the temperature went to 70° the next week, this time we had 60 inches of snow and the temperature went below zero this week.
Those 60 inches of snow is doing just fine on top of the other several hundred inches we have had this season, setting us up for an extreme weekend.
As in - Ski The East Extreme Competition, the finals for this year's Free Ride Tour, at Jay Peak Resort Saturday and Sunday.
Word is, we have plenty of snow cover on the extreme Green Beret 'Trail' (more like a Face)..
Now the question is, can we get the sun to come out?
It's a tricky weekend forecast, the air in Quebec is coming right from the North Pole, while at the same time the air in New York City is coming up from the Gulf of Mexico.
That creates a boundary in the atmosphere, otherwise known as a front.
The front initially goes north of us with a period of snow Friday afternoon, a few inches by sunset. Then the front settles south during the day Saturday which means new colder and a drier air comes in Saturday afternoon, The Sun SHOULD come out.
(Maybe I should mention that there's a slight chance that snow ends as a little bit of liquid drizzle, and a slight re-freeze is possible early Saturday?)
The plan is for sunshine on Saturday afternoon with not too much wind and comfortable temperatures right around freezing or so.
That weather front then moves back northward Sunday, bringing at least some clouds, perhaps another bit of precipitation in the afternoon.
Worst case scenario is that the fog is dense up top and we have poor visibility (perhaps some icing) on the face.
Best case scenario is the cloud stays above the summit, and we end up with a few snowflakes.
Can't wait to see how it works out. I'll be watching from Jackson Hole Wyoming.
After that, the front probably stays north of us Monday and Tuesday, with a lot of clouds, perhaps some rain showers. Then the front pushes south on Wednesday with some upslope snow likely mid-week. Then quiet weather headed toward next weekend when a bigger storm may come in, too early to call the rain snow line on that one.
I would say this is our best spring skiing coming up the next week, deep snow in the trees, seasonable temperatures, and a little sunshine.
The season is far from over, and there may be some more powder days left in April.
Happy Spring Time!
Who is Tim Kelley?
A native Cape Codder, Tim says "Dad taught me how to read Barometer, Mom taught me how to smile."
He learned to ski at Blue Hill near Boston 4 decades ago. But it was Burke Mountain Vermont where I was exposed to big mountain skiing while earning his B.S. in Meteorology at Lyndon State College, class of '87.
Tim has started his weather career at WMUR Manchester NH, then went to WLNE in Providence RI, before settling at his current TV gig, New England Cable News (NECN) in 1992. You can also see his surf and ski reports on SkiTheEast.net, Boardliving.com, and SurfSkiWeather.us.
He says "It's an honor to be part of The Jay Team, look for me in TIMbuktu!"