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 . . .