It may not be ‘like a lion’, but . . .

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 8:10 am

A brush by system brought a bit of light snow to the area yesterday and last night.  No real accumulations to speak of however.  Today and tomorrow, we will see a strong ridge building in.  Temps will warm significantly this afternoon and especially tomorrow.  This should give us a taste of spring skiing in the afternoon with a bit of crust in the morning.

On Sunday, a moist system will move into the Pac NW and traverse through the Northern Rockies.  This will pull moisture into Northern Utah with snow developing during the day on Sunday above 6,000 feet.  Precip should fall as rain in the valleys.  The front will finally move through late in the afternoon will snow levels quickly falling to valley floors before precip ends Sunday evening.  Not a major storm by any means and with high density snow, amounts will be less than impressive. Current thinking is 4-8″ for the Cottonwoods/Northern Wasatch with 2-5″ in Park City.

High pressure will briefly re-establish itself for Monday and Tuesday before another system enters the area on Wednesday into Thursday.  This system is slow-moving and has decent moisture so it could deliver decent snow for the Wasatch.  I’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days and keep you updated.  Both the GFS and the Euro have been hinting at retrograding and amplifying the ridge over the Eastern Pacific during the second week of March.  This could lead to cold storms dropping into the West around mid-month.  If we can do well with next week’s system(s), then develop another cold, snowy pattern, it will go a long way toward getting us up close to normal.  Let’s hope!


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  • Sam

    Yeah? Yeah yeah yeah!

    Any hints on the midweek moisture?

  • Anonymous

    Hello WSF! Although you hinted at there being an impending pattern change by mid-March, do you have any concern that the Wasatch will not see any significant snowfall in March similar to what the Sierra has been experiencing in Jan/Feb? Thanks. I am getting a bit worried as I am supposed to come skiing in the Wasatch later this month and the weather seems to be getting warm with little snow. Any insights from you would be great. Thanks!

    • Not quite sure what you’re looking for. We have a good base so there will be plenty of snow for your trip later this month. We also have been doing significantly better than the Sierra during Jan/Feb. All the insights I can give you are already in the discussion. It’s a good bet we’ll get more snow next week, then hopefully a pattern change toward mid-month.