Coming down again!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

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

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  • Todd

    Love the info! I know we’re still a week out, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on how are things looking for the 6th- 10th? Thanks!

    • Right now, both the GFS and Euro try to bring a trough into the area starting about the 6th… but there are a lot of questions as to the strength of the system associated with it. I’ll do a look a head tonight or tomorrow that should help.

  • Anonymous

    I noticed about a foot of 4 or 5 % up at the iron blosam parking lot during snow removal. COLD SMOKE

  • Thanks for doing this website. Love it!

  • Anonymous

    Snowbasin was insane today. Easily 3 feet at the top of the mountain. All blower pow too.

  • Jennifer CHase

    I LOVE your site! You rock! Today at Snowbird was awesome. I was getting hit with so much snow with every turn I was breathing it. Today was a snorkel day!