Thursday PM update:
Southerly flow is starting to pull moisture into the Wasatch with light snow falling in the Cottonwoods and along the PC ridge at 8 PM. This snow should continue off and on through Saturday with significant accumulations possible for the Wasatch Back and the Wasatch plateau. The big question is how much of this wrap-around moisture will make it into the Northern and Central Wasatch. It’s certainly possible that some locations, primarily south of I-80, will see 5-10″ by Saturday evening. Latest run of the NAM looks pretty good so lets cross our fingers.
Today’s runs of both the GFS and Euro have been hinting at a possible return to active weather next weekend (March 16-17)… We’ll have to watch this trend over the next day or two and see if there is any validity to it.
More in the AM…WSF
Frontal boundary never really stalled over one place for too long, therefore we have widespread reports of 1-2″ with the highest totals coming from PowMow at 5″ which saw a more prolonged time period under the snow band yesterday evening. Today there could be more snow showers, especially in the northern Wasatch but not too much in the way of accumulations.
Tonight, moisture will start to be pulled into the state from the south. Southern and Central Utah should get decent snowfall through Saturday with widespread amounts of 6-12″ above 7,000 ft with pockets of higher amounts. Up north in the Wasatch, we’ll see light amounts from Thursday night through Saturday with wrap around on Friday night and Saturday perhaps favoring the Wasatch Back and especially the Uintas. Still think the best moisture will stay to our south, so the Wasatch will probably fall into the 2-8″ range with the lightest amounts up north of I-80 and the highest totals in the Southern Wasatch. Should make the skiing this weekend soft.
Next week looks DRY. Right now, our next realistic chance for snow won’t be until around the 17th… after that we’ll just have to hope for a -PNA that forces west coast troughing.
For those of you traveling to the area, the snowpack, while not ideal, should hold up just fine through the end of March. No need to worry about coverage.