Quick update….Warm and WINDY today ahead of the front. Front will move through tomorrow midday-afternoon. Expect just an hour or two of showers along the front with very high snow levels. Looks like later on Thursday, a secondary wave will rotate through the cold pool and into Northern Utah. This is the piece of energy that looks like it will bring more widespread snowfall above 6,500 feet or so. A few inches still possible by Friday morning.
Snow is on the way! As we’ve talked about for what seems like weeks now, a cold storm system will drop into the Northern Great Basin on Wednesday. Enjoy it! Because it looks like a return to warm weather afterward.
This storm system is bringing lots of cold air into the region with 700mb temps progged to drop below 0°C for the first time this season. In fact, it looks like we could reach -4°C in the high elevations. That means snow levels will likely be below 7,000ft by the time all the cold air settles into the area early Thursday morning! The first wave of precipitation is with the front itself, this looks to move through the Wasatch from north to south through the middle of the day on Wednesday. Expect a couple hours of precipitation along the front with initial snow levels above 10k feet.
There will likely be a break in precip before additional, colder waves move into the area on Thursday and Thursday night. These lobes after the front are almost impossible to time exactly, so let’s just broad brush Thursday with occasional rain showers below 6,500 ft with occasional snow above that level. It’s possible that we could get a few inches in the high elevations, with up to 6″ possible in a few select spots.
We start to clear out on Friday with just a few showers and cold temperatures lingering. The weekend will start the warm-up back to above normal temperatures. Any snow that does fall this week won’t stick around long. This looks like it will be an extended period of ridging lasting at least through the first week or two of October. This is known regionally as the Indian Summer. Hopefully we can get our ridging quota out of the way early this season so we can be all storms by the time November and December roll around. Eternally the optimist 😉