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Major storm on tap for ski country?

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  January 12, 2012 10:03 AM

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NECN's Matt Noyes posted this graphic via Twitter Tuesday night.

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We’ll let that sink in for a moment. 

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Good? OK.

We could (finally) be looking at the first major snowstorm of the season in northern New England, which has skiers and riders giddy over the prospects of not only Thursday-Friday powder days, but a long weekend of fresh snow in the mountains.

In case you didn't let the above fully sink in (go ahead, we'll wait), those are Noyes' predictions through Friday morning, when snow should still be falling in portions of New England. Noyes' NECN colleague Tim Kelley predicted around five inches for portions of Vermont on Thursday, and another eight inches on Friday. Josh Fox of the Single Chair weather blog thinks up to 20 inches may fall in central-northern Vermont, and Lionel Hutz of the Famous Internet Skiers likes up to a foot in the White Mountains, and almost 16 inches for both Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine.

Of course, like all storms of this nature, it's better to temper expectations, no matter how difficult that may be. In fact, Noyes has already seemingly downgraded his thoughts from Tuesday night, posting the following to his blog yesterday morning.

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We'll still take it, of course (and hope it's conservative), as well as pray to the snow gods that it doesn't become a mostly-rain event. Toying with a skier's emotions in this snow-starved season wouldn't be fair.

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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