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Weak Storm to Bring Fresh Coating of Snow to Ski Country Sunday

A weak area of low pressure will cross northern New England during the day on Sunday. This will lead to a widespread steady light snow during the afternoon hours and into the evening in areas of New England north of the foothills and lakes regions.


While areas of northern New England will get precipitation, the exact extent of precipitation south of the mountains remains a wild card. A warm front will lift through southern New England during the day on Sunday. This will lead to above average temperatures in southern and central areas of the region. Temperatures could reach 50 in areas south of Boston. Even areas of southern New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine will likely get into the mid 40s.


FORECAST SNOWFALL


The question mark in this forecast comes from exactly how far north the warm front will lift. Depending on where the warm front stalls in the region will determine where exactly the area of low pressure travels through the region. If the front stalls further south, the storm will travel further south, therefore bringing precipitation further south.


Regardless of where exactly the center passes through, there will be light snow across the mountains and foothills of New England. All of New England will be overcast during the day on Sunday, and if the low pressure systems tracks further south, some showers will pop up in southern New England. Due to the warm front, these showers would be rain showers south, so despite the uncertainty in where exactly the storm will traverse, southern New England will remain snow free.


This fresh coating of snow coming through ski country will be icing on the cake for these resorts after recent storms over the past week. This is especially sweet since the season began so slowly for these resorts. After persistent warmth and winter rain storms, the pattern flipped and three snowstorms dumped lots of snow on the slopes.


In New Hampshire, McIntyre, Wildcat, Attitash and Sunapee all picked up at least 14 inches of powder. Crotched Mountain was able to log two feet of snow combined over the past three storms.


Many resorts across New England were forced to close trails at the beginning of this month, most resorts were operating at less than 50% capacity. Some smaller resorts even had to close temporarily. Many resorts in northern New England are now operating at 75% or more for this weekend.


In Vermont, Killington Resort has reported a massive 34 inches of snow over the last seven days. This has pushed Killington closer to 100" for the season. The region's biggest resort is now closing in on operating at 100% capacity. As of Saturday (1/28), 145 of 155 trails are open, along with all 22 lifts. 94% of skiable acres at the resort are open for this weekend.

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