Not much has changed since yesterday’s update. Today (Saturday) will be warm at all elevations, especially up high. Bring the sunscreen and a light jacket and enjoy an early taste of spring skiing! It won’t last, however, as tomorrow a storm system will impact the area bringing snowfall above 6,000 feet with mostly rain below that in the valleys. This storm is not particularly strong so accumulations and snowfall rates won’t be too impressive. Snow should taper off on Sunday evening with total accumulations of 2-5″ with up to 8″ possible north of I-80 and in the Cottonwoods.
We will then warm up nicely on Monday-Wednesday under high pressure. On Wednesday the next system will approach Utah. If you remember from a couple days ago, I was worried about this system splitting and developing into a closed low. Looks like that is going to be at least a partial reality… As the system enters the west coast it will split with the northern half targeting the Northern Rockies and the southern cut-off low dropping into the desert SW. The northern portion of the storm will bring snow to northern Utah late on Wednesday into Thursday. It has a decent moisture tap, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be a direct hit at this point, so I don’t think Utah will see overly significant snowfall. The southern cut-off low on the other hand, will wait until Friday to meander to our south. This could bring snow to the mountains of far southern Utah.
So to sum up, we’ll probably have one weak and one moderate storm in the next 6 days. Good, but not great. Models still hinting at developing broad, cold trough over the West toward mid-month. It’s a long way out, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Enjoy the days of warm weather in between storms this week!
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