Record heat Saturday, Snow Sunday

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Sunday AM update:

Snow in the Wasatch has been slow to develop but we’re getting there.  The slower-than-expected progression of this system means that there will be more time for it to split.  Also, more of the snow will fall during the daylight hours.  Both these factors will lead to less snow, therefore downgrading snow amounts to just 2-5 inches in the Cottonwoods and PowMow/Snowbasin with 1-3 inches elsewhere.  This system has never been heading in the right direction and has looked worse and worse over the past 5 days.  Next chance for light snow is Thursday-Friday.

Friday AM update:

Glad we went conservative on snow totals with the last post as the system has been looking weaker and weaker.  Now think we’ll more likely be in the 4-8″ range.  Models trending slower with onset of precipitation.  Likely won’t see much snow until late Saturday evening and continuing off and on during the day on Sunday.  Rain showers will change to snow in the valley during the day Sunday.

Saturday will feature near record warmth with highs approaching 80 in the SLC valley and 60 in the mountains.  Saturday will be windy on the ridges as well.

Lots of questions remain as to how the pattern will evolve through the month of April but it looks like we’ll be warm and sunny for the majority of next week.


Sorry for the lack of posts in recent days, it’s been a busy week of entertaining house guests.  This evening we’ll see just a few snow showers in the mountains with no more than 1-3″…. just enough to put a soft layer of fresh snow up there.

Attention then turns to a stronger system moving in on Saturday…. models still disagree a bit on the exact track and timing of the system but general consensus is that we’ll have a good shot at a decent spring snow storm.  Snow should start during the day on Saturday and continue off and on Saturday night and Sunday.  This will be a system mainly for Northern Utah with little if any precip making it down to the southern half of the state.  Expect at least 6-12″ with possibly more in the high elevations of the Wasatch.  This time of year it’s hard to have a lot of confidence in any particular solution so went conservative on totals for now.

Tomorrow we’ll take a closer look but plan on skiing powder on Sunday!


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