Coastal areas are supposed to see above-average precipitation, but it’s unclear if that will extend inland to such resorts as Stratton and Jay Peak in Vermont.
“The problem with the Northeast is that in general, it doesn’t have a very strong signal during El Niño,” Di Liberto says, meaning there’s not many indicators around to make concrete predictions. “We’ve seen it do a little bit of everything. That said, there are a few signs that snowfall this winter could be underwhelming: Usually El Niño means warmer-than-average temperatures across the Northeast, he says, “so if they do get precipitation, it could happen as rain or ice storms.”
Powder Outlook: Not great. But not maybe not horrible, either. (Thanks, Science.)