Although the track of the storm has changed enough to bring snow to most of Vermont, it still appears that the Adirondacks will not receive much snow. The National Weather Service says only a 50% chance of some light snow Wednesday night and into Thursday. We'll see if we wake up tomorrow morning to a surprise amount of snow; but for now don't plan on skiing anywhere but the Whiteface Highway this weekend.
Looking further ahead, the weekend will see temperatures climb to the low 30s, followed by mid-30s on Tuesday. There is a chance of snow on Tuesday, but the "R" word is also in Tuesday's forecast.
UPDATE 12/17AT 1PM In the end, we received a bit more snow than initially predicted. The snow has pretty much ended in the Keene- Lake Placid - Saranac Lake area with two, maybe three inches of light snow falling up to this time. If anything, Paul Smiths would have received less than that amount. Definitely way more snow south and east of here, but Newcomb only received 5-6". That should, however, be enough for the Newcomb Lake Road to be skiable this weekend. By tomorrow, we should have a more complete report, so stay tuned.
UPDATE 12/17 AT 5 PM: Whiteface Highway very skiable, but only 2-3". at the Toll House, and not much more higher up. DEC also reports only 2-3" at Lake Colden, but we would have to believe more at 4,000 feet. Newcomb remains at 5-6" as there was no new snow there this afternoon.
Trail Conditions 101
Trail condition reports are posted frequently during the ski season. The Adirondack backcountry can be a hard place to predict with weather and trail conditions that often change rapidly. We can't offer the same detailed descriptions of trail conditions as groomed nordic centers.