Couple more storms through the end of the week . . . then an extended break possible

Monday, December 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

Monday AM update:

Snow is falling throughout the Wasatch. Warm advection precip began yesterday evening and continued with off and on light snow overnight. Because of the spotty nature of the precipitation, accumulations have so far ranged from 2-8″ at area resorts. Likely that we’ll see another 6-12″ on top of that today as the front moves into the area around mid-day/early afternoon for total accumulations of about 10-18″. Great storm skiing today and powder day on Christmas!

Next system then moves in on Wednesday and is looking like it has the potential now to be MAJOR. It is very slow moving and could last for close to 48-hours with good dynamics and a decent moisture tap. I’m not going to call amounts quite yet until I get a better look tonight. But certainly it will be at least 1-3 feet with possibly more for the mountains. Could put down a lot of snow in the valleys as well which would affect travelers leaving the area.

More tonight . . .. WSF

Sunday PM update:

Everything looks good still in the latest model runs for a good old Utah snowstorm. 6-12 inches in the Wasatch with up to 18 inches in the Cottonwoods. 1-3 inches in lower valleys with up to 8 inches on the benches. Mountain Valleys should see 4-8 inches. White Christmas for all!

Enjoy! Update in the AM.

Sunday Morning discussion:

The relatives are all arriving for the holidays which, if you’re anything like me, means it’s time to get out of the crowded house and hit the slopes. Fresh snow would be nice as my wife would be more likely to understand why I’m skirting my husband-ly duties if there was a powder day or two on hand. Lucky for us, both tomorrow and Christmas day should have plenty of fresh snow.

Conditions are still soft from the storms last week and they will only get better tonight. Wasatch resorts, mainly north of I-80, picked up a couple inches last night as well that will make today a great ski day. Light snow showers should clear out this morning, winds may start to pick up this afternoon as a stronger system approaches. Snowfall from this system will start late this evening and gradually pick up in coverage and intensity overnight in the Wasatch. Low valleys will likely see rain tonight before changing to snow tomorrow.

The front will move through during the late morning hours tomorrow and snow will reach its peak between about 9 AM and 3 PM tomorrow. We will then see the front and associated snow clear out tomorrow evening, allowing for a cold night leading into Christmas day. In the valleys, rain will turn to snow tomorrow morning as the front starts to move through the area. Right now it doesn’t look like a major storm for the valleys, but 1-3″ is likely, just enough to turn the world white for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For the mountains, the Southern and Central Wasatch will be favored by this system and ski areas north of I-80 will once again see the short end of the stick, which is unfortunate as they are the ones who most desperately need the snow. With that being said, we still think that 6-12″ is likely above 7,000 ft throughout the Wasatch with up to 18″ in favored locations of the Central/Southern Wasatch, including the Cottonwoods and Provo Canyon.

Christmas Day will be a break before the next system enters the area on Wednesday. Still a number of questions with regard to this system as it is expected to split as it moves ashore. Right now, it appears to be another moderate system with another 6-12″ possible in the higher elevations between Wednesday-Friday, but as always, we will have a better picture for you by Christmas morning.

Beyond Friday, it looks like we may have a more extended break in the action as the split pattern that has been developing goes full-tilt and sends weak cut-off lows to our south. High pressure should dominate the area into the New Year with the next chances for snow coming in early 2013. Get out and enjoy the fresh snow while you can!


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