Quiet weather returns

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:06 am

It’s been an exciting last few days in certain areas of the Wasatch but things are starting to quiet down. Ridging is building over the area today through the weekend.  This will bring warmer temps to the high elevations once again.  Inversions will start to develop again in the lower valleys but with one key difference with this event as compared to our last two major inversions over the past month–this inversion is not starting with an arctic airmass, so while temps will remain cool in the valleys (30s), they won’t be nearly as frigid as we saw in the last two inversion periods.  However, valley haze and fog will slowly build into next week.

Looking to next week, latest runs of the Euro and GFS both suggest amplification and retrogression of the ridge by late in the week… this could allow for a system to drop down into the Western U.S. toward the end of next week (Thursday-Saturday).  There are still a lot of questions, so don’t take this as a forecast quite yet  because there’s a good chance this could end up being a phantom system.  We’ll have to give the models another day or two to make up their minds.

Until then, ski conditions should be pretty good, especially in the Cottonwoods and up north where the deepest powder fell over the last few days.  More tomorrow . . .



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  • Laura

    Hello again from Northern Cal. Planning to drive out from here to Park City either next Friday or Saturday. Which day would have the clearest weather on i80? Haven’t seen an update from you in a couple days so hope you are just enjoying all the new snow.

    • Laura, glad you are coming out again. At this time, it looks like the storm will be moving in on Friday and lasting into Saturday so that might make travel difficult. If at all possible, I would try drive out on Thursday or as early as possible on Friday. This would be best for travel and for getting here in time for powder! I just posted a new discussion. Remember, we are still almost a week out so this is all subject to change so stay tuned!

      • Laura

        Usually I depart CA at 5am PST and hit SLC about 6pm MST. Will that be too late on FRiday night?

        • Too early to know for sure. As it looks right now, you’d be racing the storm eastward. You’re biggest problem would be crossing the Sierras as it looks to hit them Thursday night. But you might beat the storm to Park City. Storm timing will likely change a bit though so the best I can tell you is stay tuned.

          • Laura

            thanks for your quick response and I will definitely stay tuned.