Spring Showers this weekend into next week

Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

Forecast is still on track…

Today will be warm and sunny with a gradual increase in clouds this afternoon and evening.  Great Spring skiing.  Tomorrow a system will mostly pass to our north but will drag a weak front through the area that will fire off some showers.  Snow levels will start out high around 8,500 feet before dropping to 7,000 feet behind the front tomorrow morning.  Expect rain showers in the valleys with 1-4 slushy inches above 8,000 ft. by tomorrow evening.

A bit of break Friday night before another impulse brings a few more snow showers on Saturday, another impulse on Sunday.  The strongest and coldest impulse in the series is now timing for late Monday into Tuesday but as I’ve mentioned in previous discussions.  There is still a concern that the best energy could head toward S. Utah — we’ll have to wait and see.

It’s much more difficult in the Spring to get strong systems into the area, but certainly not impossible.  This weekend through early next week looks more like a typical Spring pattern with showery weather rather than big dumps.  But by the time we finally clear out next Wednesday, it’s certainly possible that snowfall totals will at least be respectable with a foot or more over the 5 day period.  However, with the high sun angle, anything that does fall will likely melt and compact a lot during the breaks in precip.

There have been some consistent indications that another cold trough could work its way into the area by next weekend (April 13-14)–closing weekend for many resorts statewide.  It’s still very early but I think we may have a chance for some closing day powder.


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  • Steve

    What do you think the odds are of Norhtern Utah getting some decent precip out of the storm early next week,. I understand southern Utah gets the brunt, just wondering if the north will get at least some of it.

    • Really tough call. I think there’s a very high chance that northern Utah mountains get at least 6 inches Monday-Tuesday. But like you said, with the storm likely tracking through S. Utah, they could see the lion’s share. There is also the possibility for wrap-around as the Low tracks to the our south similar to what we saw earlier this week.

      I don’t think the chances of us getting totally skunked are all that high, but at the same time, I’m not sold on us getting a huge storm either. Forecast models are still bouncing around a bit.