Lake effect snow has developed over the northern half of the Salt Lake Valley and into the Cottonwoods (PC is on the fringes of the band right now):
Hopefully this snow band will hold over these areas for a good while this evening and overnight!
Orographic snow showers continued for most of the day today in locations favored by the northwest flow. I was in LCC today and would estimate 4-8″ fell throughout the day. Areas outside the Cottonwoods generally saw less. Any additional accumulations in these areas will likely come from occasional snow squalls this weekend.
Now to the exciting part–the potential for lake effect snow. Conditions are excellent for a lake effect event tonight and early tomorrow: cold air, relatively warm lake water temps, decent moisture and instability. It’s the weather nerd in me that is fascinated to see how this develops tonight. The lake effect band may start close enough to the Cottonwoods to drop more snow up the canyons, however, I’m thinking it may migrate away from the Cottonwoods and closer to the Oquirrhs by later tonight. It will be interesting to see how this lake effect band develops. If we can get it just right, we could see decent accumulations.
Moist northwest flow will keep the threat of additional snow showers around through the weekend before we finally dry out and warm up heading into next week. The next chance for a storm is later next weekend. At this time it’s too early for any details although it does appear like it will have warmer origins and therefore higher snow levels. Long-range models are hinting at an active pattern developing during the first week of April . . . WSF
More snow is now falling over much of the Wasatch. Should fall off and on today with more powder skiing conditions likely. Lake enhancement will take place south and east of the lake this afternoon and tonight. Additional accumulations of 2-4″ likely today with up to 8″ in places favored by northwest flow, as well as direcetly southeast of the GSL. This will fall on top of the 6-17″ the Wasatch has already seen over the past 48 hours. Good times! More later today on the long-range forecast . . . WSF