A Return to Tranquil WX

Monday, March 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

Not too much going on today.  Ridge is building into the area and the northwest flow is easing up.  That means warmer temps today and tomorrow with highs approaching normal.  We had a very good last 5 days with snowfall amounts generally between 15-30″ with pockets of slightly more.  The gradual nature of accumulations spread out over several days combined with cold temps led to 4 or 5 consecutive days of really good skiing/riding.  The storm cycle helped our cause a bit in the race to get our snowpack to at least to a more manageable level.  Right now it looks like we are around 70% of normal on average in the Northern Wasatch and Uintas, and around 80% of normal in the Central and Southern Wasatch.   Very similar numbers to where we stood last season at this time.

The upcoming week will definitely be warmer and with the sun angle so high this time of year, the snow will get baked pretty quickly.  If you want to enjoy some backcountry powder turns, today is the day to do it as the cold temps this weekend kept the snow in good shape.  We don’t have much in the way of systems this week as a cut-off low drops into the Eastern Pacific.  This feature will spin off some waves of energy that will eject inland at times but most of them looks to stay mostly to our north and west.  We could have a chance for high elevation snow and valley rain showers on Tuesday night/early Wednesday, however I don’t expect any accumulation.  Showers will once again be possible late in the week as more energy pushes inland.  It won’t be until late Sunday/Monday that the Low itself finally moves inland.  As with all cut-off systems, the timing and the exact track of the Low is hard to predict, but it’s possible that it could bring decent snowfall to the high Wasatch early next week.

There are still some indications that April could still bring periods of storminess.  Hopefully we can get a full breakthrough of the westerlies at some point during the month to help pad the snowpack numbers and reduce the risk of fire danger this summer.


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  • matt

    Thanks for all the hard work. I am headed there Weds-Sunday and was really hoping for the end of week storm that now isn’t going to happen. We really like Snowbasin but since it didn’t get much last week, is it even worth hitting up or should we stay in the cottonwoods?

    • Matt,

      I think by the end of the week most of the snow that feel won’t feel too fresh so I don’t think Snowbasin will be any worse off than the Cottonwoods in terms of conditions, so if you like that mountain, then I’d go there. There’s still a chance we could get a bit of fresh snow later this week but it doesn’t look like anything major. I’ll keep you informed.

      • matt

        Thanks for the reply. It looks like Snowbasin will be about 10-15deg warmer on Weds than the Cottonwoods. Does it tend to crust over sooner after the storms than Solitude or Brighton after a storm? We are looking at Solitude or Snowbasin for our arrival day Weds afternoon and will be at Snowbird on Thursday….then playing it by ear.