Snow! Snow! and More Snow!

Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 11:07 am

Thursday PM update:

Wasatch averaged about a foot of snow last night, we’ve had a lull most of the day but things are starting to pick up again with light snow falling in the high elevations at 9PM on Thursday.  Higher snow levels than expected last night meant much denser snow so accumulations were not quite as high as expected and the flow today wasn’t quite as moist as we hoped for so I’ve had to trim snow totals a bit.  On the bright side, the heavy, wet snow does help to build a base.  Tonight we should get 4-10″ of new snow above 7,000 feet with more snow likely the farther north you go.

Tomorrow should be a break day for the most part with the next wave entering the area on Saturday morning. This system should drop an additional 1-2 feet of snow between Saturday and Saturday night with snow ending Sunday.

Another system may add light to moderate amounts on Monday.  Then we start to clear out for a period of dry weather.

Storm Forecast:

Wednesday PM-Friday PM: First impulses will move into the area, with moist westerly flow developing.  Snow levels around 6,000 feet.  Accumulation above 6,500 ft., 4-10″ additional, 16-22″ total

Saturday-Saturday night: Another impulse enters the area with cooler temps and snow levels dropping.  Snow continues in the mountains almost without a break.  Accumulation above 6,000 ft. 12-24″

Monday: Yet another system may affect the area though details about this are still vague.  Light to Moderate accumulations possible.



P.S. Avalanche danger will likely be extreme over the next couple weeks…. I wouldn’t do too much in the backcountry for now but if you can’t help yourself. Be careful! Check the conditions at the Utah Avalanche Center.  They are the experts on avalanche safety.  Not us!

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