Storm winding down

Friday, September 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

Hard to tell from just webcams, but it generally looks like the storm didn’t deliver quite as much snowfall as we hoped for overnight.  It’s not a big loss since we’re still almost two months from the opening of most ski resorts, but it would have been nice to see a big dump. Looking solely at overnight radar returns, I think the flow switched very quickly from southwest to north last night.  Coming directly out of the north, the flow was parallel to the Wasatch and therefore limited the orographics we talked about yesterday that were so key to us getting snowfall.

Currently there is a well defined lake effect band bringing rain to the Tooele valley and snow to the Oquirrhs.  It is due south of the GSL rather than southeast toward the Cottonwoods, further illustrating the northerly flow that has developed.  Expect showers to continue today off and on before the system starts to fully exit the area tonight.

Zonal flow will be king for the next several days with warmer, drier weather.  A system will brush Utah around Monday or Tuesday bringing some breezes and clouds but very little precipitation.  It looks like another system will dig deeper later next week (Thursday or Friday) and bring cooler temps with some valley showers and mountain snowfall.  Overall, a very Autumn-like weather pattern.



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  • It looks like the lake band may move into the SLC valley between 10am and noon today as the 700mb winds turn a little more westerly. There was snow in the Tooele valley this morning….