Roemer's Weekly Weather Report - March 31, 2003

by Jim Roemer

This is our last report for the season. The main word this next week or two is "lots of snow in British Columbia, the Rockies and even the Cascades and Sierra region."

Snowfall measured in feet will offer some of the best ski conditions of the winter across western Canada, Pacific Northwest and Utah, Tahoe area. Areas such as Whistler and Fernie could see 2-4 feet or more over the next week with similar amounts likely at Mt. Baldy, Crystal Mtn, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood, Alta, Snowbird, and Grand Targhee/Jackson Hole. Even Sun Valley, Idaho to big Sky Montana will have the chance for above normal snowfall over the next week with at least a foot or more possible. Aspen, Vail and most of Colorado will see a foot or more by Friday-Sunday.

Some of the best spring conditions in years will affect this entire region with Colorado having their best chance for snow the end of this week and weekend.

Today's map valid for April 6th shows a huge "U" shaped storm system that extends across the entire western U.S. The more pronounced the "U" the stronger the storms. This is certainly one of the most active April weather patterns in recent years for the above mentioned areas. The eastern U.S. will have some improved skiing this week in northern Vermont to Maine with the recent 4-14" of snow that has fallen from Sugarbush to Stowe, Smugglers' Notch, Jay Peak to Sunday River Maine. However, warmer weather is likely longer term with the main action out west. The blue/white area you see on this map suggests below normal temperatures across the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.