Light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!

Friday, December 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

Snow looks to return to the area next week! We’ve all been desperately waiting for this to happen, and we’ll have to wait a little longer but at least an end is in sight.

The ridge will hold strong through Monday over the area with cool temps in the valleys with inversions in place.  Stagnant air will continue to clog the valley air with smog, try not to drive unless you have to.  Mixing should finally arrive late on Monday as a cut-off low moves down the California coast before kicking inland. On Tuesday the low should pass to the south of the Wasatch.  GFS shows the low moving ENE across northern AZ bringing rain/snow to southern Utah but keeping the Wasatch dry for the most part.  Other models move the Low NE through southern/central Utah which would bring light/moderate accumulations to the Wasatch.  We’ll have to watch this one closely and for now just say we’ll have a chance for light accumulations.

A stronger trough looks to then enter the area on this cut-off low’s heels on Thursday.  It will drop out of the Northwest with decent moisture and dynamics.  Currently I expect accumulating snow from this trough throughout Northern Utah.  We will likely clear out for at least Saturday (December 17) before more systems move into the area during the week leading up to Christmas.

Next week's weather graphic

Overall this is very promising but we’ll have to continue to keep an eye on it as we are still out of my 7-day comfort zone for most of this snow.

Stay tuned!

…The Powder Hound…

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  • I would not trust the GFS out that long, better to look at the ECMWF.