ALERT: LCC currently closed for Avalanche control. Expected opening 08:45 AM.
Last night around 8 PM the lake effect machine turned on and was initially directed right at the Cottonwoods. As expected, the lake effect band eventually moved west over the Oquirrhs and the Western half of the Salt Lake Valley, but not before putting down 6-9″ in the Cottonwoods last night. Some of this spilled over into PC as well. On top of what we saw, Wednesday-Friday, we are now standing at unofficial 4-day totals of 12-30″ in the Wasatch. Not bad, eh? I mentioned a couple times leading into this cycle that this type of pattern often surprises us and there could be some “sleeper” powder days in store for this weekend. It’s not going to get us anywhere near average, but it’s a start and some resorts have now had 4 solid powder days in a row, so can’t complain too much. Lake effect band is currently in the process of weakening, although it is snowing pretty hard at my house in Draper right now. Some snow is still falling on webcam in LCC, not so much in BCC. I’d expect almost all snow to cease by the late morning hours as we stabilize. Bluebird conditions may be in order!
The next week looks fairly dry, but there will be a weak wave moving through late Tuesday/early Wednesday that could put down an inch or two in the mountains of Northern Utah. Later in the week becomes a bigger question. GFS now develops more of a consolidated, colder trough dropping into the area on Friday. While the Euro differs big time with a cut-off low meandering in the Eastern Pacific before finally moving inland around Sunday and tracking through the desert Southwest. We should get a clearer picture in the coming days, so for now lets go out and enjoy the powder.