Today was an interesting day to say the least. As is often the case with warm advection precip, it was too shallow with not enough forcing to get it over the crest of the Wasatch so areas like Park City saw much less snow than parts of the Cottonwoods and especially Ogden and the mountains just to the east of Ogden. It might pain my PC friends, but I was skiing 2 feet at the end of the day on the lower half of Snowbird and Ski Utah blogger Matt Baydala was up shredding 3 feet of fresh at Snowbasin… check out the video! It’s insane!
Tonight we’ll see a few more light snow showers before another warm advection flow begins tomorrow and continues into tomorrow night. Expect locally significant amounts in similar areas to those who saw the goods today (sorry PC) with just a few inches elsewhere. Time to take a drive to Snowbasin tomorrow! Models are struggling a bit with the long range so I’ll give them tonight to see if they come to any conclusions before I do a full long range discussion…
Snow is falling in most locations now in the Wasatch. Some of the lower valleys haven’t seen much yet but it will start to fill in by 8 AM, just in time for the commute. Locations like Snowbasin have seen good orographics all night and have allowed for some already impressive snowfall totals. The rest of the Wasatch will catch up quickly today. Still expect 6-12″ in the Wasatch today with more possible in locations like the Cottonwoods. Snowbasin is currently reporting 15″ already so they will obviously finish well above that range.
Snow will taper off this evening with off and on snow in the mountains tonight. Next disturbance will bring snow to the mountains tomorrow/tomorrow night with another 4-8″ possible. Still have my doubts about this next wave so we’ll have to take a good look at it later tonight. In the valleys there should be a mix of rain/snow as temperatures will rise with this final system. Snow density will be slightly higher in the Wasatch as well.
More tonight . . . WSF