A second wave of heavy snowfall in New England has transformed conditions for the better in Eastern North America since the start of March.

The East Coast’s ski areas had been suffering under warm temperatures, leading some in more southerly states to close for the season earlier than they hoped, but a return of snowy conditions for the start of meteorological spring have transformed slopes for the better.

In Vermont Jay Peak (pictures above and top) has reported almost two feet (58cm) of snow in the past 72 hours and most other ski areas in the state have reported 30-50cm in the same period.

Killington, which tries to stay open in to June each year, had seen the number of runs it had open drop to about 80 – around half its total – in late February, but now reports almost 100% of its ski area is open (152 of 155 runs) following the new snow there.  It has had 30cm (a foot) of fresh snow since Friday.

Stowe (above) has had 28cm (11 inches) of snowfall in the last 24 hours.

In New Hampshire accumulations of up to 38cm in the last 72 hours have been reported (at Cranmore) and there were also smaller snowfalls in Maine.

Temperatures are currently well below zero in the region’s mountains and more snowfall is expected through the coming week.