Surprise storm post-mortem

Last week, our take on the storm would be that someone, somewhere might get better than half a foot of snow. The models shifted south on Friday night so the half foot went from a Fryeburg-Augusta line to a Concord-Kennebunk line, but it did make a hit. Driving north on Saturday morning there were dicey conditions for a 20 mile stretch of New Hampshire from Rochester to Ossipee, north of which the roads were dry. Jackson squeezed out an inch or two from the weekend, but not much more.

The bizarre thing is that the best skiing right now resides in southeastern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. The best snow in New England may well be at Gunstock, Wolfeboro and Harris Farm. Please report if you make it there to ski.

Looking ahead, things get better, it seems. There’s a storm on Tuesday which may graze the coast—whether easternmost sections get an inch or ten is up for grabs. In addition, there’s a nice upslope event in the Western Greens, finally spreading some snow in to places like Craftsbury and Trapps, which should continue through the day. Later in the week some disturbances look to squeeze an inch or two out of the cold air, which will freshen the conditions. Beyond then, there are mixed signals a couple weeks out as to whether the cold will break in to normal winter, or whether we’ll have another rapid warm-up. The last few runs have trended in the right direction, but it’s a long ways out, and with this winter, anything is possible.

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