Weather by Tim Kelley
Saturday April 23rd, 2016 - 6:42 am
Here is an update from a friend who skis Jay regularly, is not employed by the resort:
"Believe it or not, Jay Peak is still in really great shape w/ an average snowpack for this time of year thanks to a cold, snowy April. The skiing has been spectacular as of late and there is talk of a May 1st closing date which is incredible after a very light snow year (although Jay Peak did break the 200" mark 2 wks ago). Pics attached of Stateside and the Ridge from the Bonnie Quad then The Goat run looking fat for the last week of April."
A High-Pressure system from Canada dominates the weather this weekend. That means sunshine and cooler than seasonably average weather. More like early April. Good grooming weather with subfreezing air over the entire mountain each night. Warming to 50 at the base and 30s near the summit. As a bonus, not too much wind.
Plenty of sunshine Saturday. Clouds may dominate Sunday.
Next week is a busy weather pattern with chilly rain, or maybe even some snow mixed in Monday and Tuesday, then again later in the week.
The longer range outlook is for cooler than normal temperatures, that may allow us to ski in May again this year.
Hope to have another update before closing.
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!"