Storm Day

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7:08 am

Saturday 6 PM update:

Orographic snowfall is continuing currently in the mountains and many valley locations.  Storm totals currently stand at 6-12″ in the Cottonwoods. 10-18″ in the Northern Wasatch.  4-8″ at Park City resorts.  We expect this snow to continue for much of the night in the mountains with off and on snow along the Wasatch front.  Additional snowfall amounts will likely be 3-6″ up north and at Park City.  With another 5-10″ in the Cottonwoods.  Valleys will see another 1-3″ except for south and southeast of the GSL, which could see more due to lake enhancement.  It’s been a pretty good storm! Another moderate storm will move in on Monday night into Tuesday.


Saturday 3 PM update:

Today featured epic storm day skiing! The highest snowfall totals during the day today came up north at Snowbasin where well over a foot fell.  I told you today was the day for Snowbasin/PowMow!  But the Cottonwoods weren’t too shabby either.  Still waiting for official measurements, but it’s looking like we’ve seen 10-15″ in the Northern Mountains, 6-10″ in the Cottonwoods, and 3-6″ in Park City.  Orographics are now developing and should bring snow, heavy at times, to the area through this evening, gradually diminishing overnight.  We’ll have to wait and see if and where a lake effect band sets up.  More updates tonight . . . WSF


Cold front is tracking through the northwest corner of Utah right now at 7 AM… Right now it looks like it will track through the northern Wasatch over the next few hours and through SLC and the Central Wasatch between the hours of 9-11… Again, this is going to bring a couple hours of heavy snow to all elevations.  Then, don’t be surprised if the snow clears out for a few hours midday.  Cold pool will move overhead and orographics will come into play.  Lake effect is looking less promising tonight as most models shift the winds northerly, which would put the best snow over the Oquirrhs rather than Salt Lake City and the Cottonwoods or PC.  I think this will limit snow totals.  Right now I think 8-16″ is the best bet for snowfall totals.  Most likely scenario is that Park City and Northern Wasatch resorts will be on the lower end, whereas the Cottonwoods will be on the higher end.  Still think Snowbasin and PowMow are the places to be today as the front will move through there first.

We clear out on Sunday into Monday before the next system moves in on Monday night. Not looking like a major system, but an additional 4-8″ or so may be possible.

Ridging will follow and hold through the first week of March, there are still signs out there of a return to west coast troughing for the second week of the month.  More updates today as the storm progresses….


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  • I agree with your 8-16″ forecast which is what I was thinking. It is too bad that the winds turn northerly so quick tonight which will limit any lake effect and continued orographic snow in the Cottonwoods, good for the Oquirrhs. Even thought the Tuesday storm is smaller the models keep the winds northwesterly behind the front so snow totals in the Cottonwoods may end up as much or even more than today’s storm if we are lucky.

  • It looks like the strong cold front will hit the SLC airport about 10:15am today for those traveling.

  • James

    yup storm totals always downgraded..

    utah doesnt get much snow

    • I agree that on average the storms this year have been downgraded but there have been a few storms deliver more snow than expected.

  • Anonymous

    Hello WSF! Things have been looking up the past few days, which is encouraging. I know its difficult to predict snowfall this far out but I am heading to BCC and LCC in three weeks and would like to hear your thoughts about how the skiing will be at that time. I understand that there may be no new snow but am hoping that the ski conditions will still be good. Thanks for all your great efforts!

    • It’s too early to say whether or not there will be new snow. So don’t write off your chances just yet! Other than that, I see no reason why you won’t have excellent coverage and great ski conditions. March is usually my favorite month to ski in LCC and BCC!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks so much! On average what can I expect for temps at this time?

  • Canyons had a lot more than 3-6″..Just saying 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hello WSF. How much snow are you thinking for the Monday/Tuesday storm for LCC? Thanks!