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Weather by Tim Kelley

March 22nd:

Welcome to Springtime 2019!

Nothing like sunshine, fast groomers early, and corn snow for the après party.

That's right - nothing like it - yet this season.  But we will get there.

First we have to get through a Friday night blizzard.

Bombing low pressure on the Maine coast early Saturday maxed out overnight and is racing north and weakening. With it goes the backlash Jay Cloud and storm force wind. Gusts past 50 mph from the northwest generates whale sized drifts for the Season Finale, championship weekend of Ski The East Free Ride tour.

This weekend is the "Extreme Competition".

And the weather cooperated, giving us the finest kind of extreme. Though the flakes have just begun as of this early Friday write up, we have to think 15-20 inches of snow is in the neighborhood of correct. But it's tough to measure as it's going sideways in 40-50 mph wind through lunchtime Saturday.

The wind eases in the afternoon, with a sunny break or two too. High temperatures in the 20s are pretty nice.

The snow is heavy and wet in the valley, but nice and dry on the face and chutes. I hesitate to call it soft due to the pulverizing wind distribution and shaping factor.

This Friday storm is long gone Sunday. High pressure to our south is not so cold for our Sunday.

We may get several hours of sunshine early, as elevation wind diminishes to 20-30 mph from the west. Highs in the 30s gets us closer to corn by afternoon, but let's stick with a POW morning anyway.. especially if upper lifts don't go Saturday.

That long gone bomb storm lands in Greenland Monday, displacing a batch of near record cold air for this time of year. Guess where that cold is displaced toward?

Yup, we have an Arctic Cold Front passing through toward the south Monday morning.

With it should come a couple to a few inches of dry snow and increasing wind Monday night.

Tuesday and Wednesday we are as cold as sunny weather gets this time of year. The high late March sun should offer up some fine packed powder & sunburn ski weather.

After that cold batch exits late week, we do indeed get true spring skiing. We may warm to 55-60 degrees Friday & Saturday before winter takes another stab at us to open April.

April Fool's Monday may get a little Flaky around here again, possibly with a cold coastal storm.

Four hundred inches of snow for the season is well within reach.

Happy extreme stash hunting.

Talk again Tuesday.