Weather for the Week of 12/13/09

By:  Lionel Hutz
December 13, 2009 11:35 am | Category: Weather

Just a few quick thoughts on a very important week for ski areas.

1. Messy Sunday:
A low pressure system is currently pushing into the NE. With a decent S/SW flow warm air will move into the NE with the system. As a decent level of cold air exists at the surface there will be some freezing rain. Northern Mountains should remain cold enough for this to fall as mostly snow. Don’t see a ton of accum. but 2-4 inches is certainly possible.

2. Tuesday system:
A few days ago this system look stronger but warmer. Now it’s really just a little impulse that will ride at the front of a strong cold front. The low will track just along the St. Lawrence valley but temps in the ADK and northern greens should remain cold enough for some light snow. Again not looking at a ton of accum- maybe another 2-4.

3. Temps after Tuesday:
From Wednesday on temps look great for nnowmaking. Now I know talking about good snowmaking temps is kinda lame-o esp. given the absolute slayage that the FIS crew lays down in the natural but hey- a good man made base makes for awesome powder skiing when the time comes. Plus with a week before the xmas crowds roll in, a chance to boost trail counts helps everybody.

Two things of note:
– Potential little clipper over the weekend. Last few days it looked like a small clipper wanted to swing through sat. night. Models have lost the energy today but I like the idea so I’m going to watch it. “Feels” reasonable to me.

-Upslope/LES…winds will tighten late into the week as the little Tuesday low deepens in NE Canada. Don’t love the placement for uplsope but a little LES could work in by the end of the week. Nothing too impressive for any one day but maybe a little frosting here and there.

As usual, I’ll keep you all posted.

Oh yea- any ski areas want to hire an attorney?


  1. Josh Matta
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 7:55 pm  

    4-5 inches at town level in stowe right now easily 1inch an hour!

  2. Greg
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 8:01 pm  

    Sweet Josh! Thanks for the update. You heading up tomorrow?

  3. Josh Matta
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 8:57 pm  

    should be first lift, FYI now drizzle in town but 33 degrees so should still be snow up there.

  4. Joann
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 9:04 pm  

    Snowed all day here in LP. We picked up another ~4 inches in the Olympic x-c trails neighborhood.

    • Vincenzo
      wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 9:17 pm  

      Famous Internet Skiers Weather Team,

      Do not feel bad about boasting about snowmakig temps. Those of us in the lower half of the northeast (New Jersey), need those guns running so when we do make it up to Mt. Mansfield two days after Christmas, we get anything we can get!

      Keep up with the great reports, and we’re all insanely jealous of your runs while we hold up umbrellas down here in the flatlands of the garden state.

  5. Sam
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 9:55 pm  

    As a former Jersey boy, I feel for you. Mt. Creek really can’t hold a candle to northern Vermont, but then that isn’t news to anyone.

  6. bushman
    wrote on December 13th, 2009 at 10:22 pm  

    left Jay Peak about 1:00 with temp at base 28F so top proably 25 or so, light snow. skied Fri and Sat in strong winds, only lower metro chair ran due to mechanical problem with Jet triple, too windy for tram and flyer/bonnie chairs; disappointed; treked up to upper glades, good snow; some snow stiff from wind; some still fluffy, was worth the trek. If “frostings” happen during the coming week, and they fix the Jet chair, ought to be good stuff left since nobody’s been up there except for 50-100 hardcores who climbed it. Very messy ride south on 91 from WRJ to B-boro, 4 cars off road, probably thought “all-season radials” means the same as “snow tires.” learn the difference the hard way. Thanks for great photos and TR.

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