After this week’s storm, we are left with snow on the high peaks again. What I beautiful sight it is! We saw generally in the 1-6″ range expected. We didn’t quite get the good orographics going on Thursday night that we hoped for. And the lake effect band dropped most of its load on the Oquirrhs instead (some locations there saw close to a foot!). The showers yesterday were even heavy enough to briefly drop snow levels to the valley floors, pretty rare for September.
We will warm up and stay mostly clear into the beginning of next week. A system will pass to our north on Monday and bring breezes and some clouds to far northern Utah, but little in the way of precipitation.
The next chance for snow will come to the high Wasatch on Thursday of next week. GFS and Euro have been inconsistent so far in regards to how they handle this system. GFS drops it through as an open wave, whereas the European model tries to create more of a cutoff low. Either way, we’re guaranteed at least a few showers and colder temperatures for late in the week. Right now, it looks like we warm up again for next weekend. The Autumn temperature roller coaster has begun.
I’ve been out of town the last three days in Telluride, CO for a wedding. Yesterday, during the wedding reception. A convective snow squall moved through. We picked up about 2″ of snow in less than 30 minutes. Here are two pictures taken with my iPhone roughly 10 minutes apart, one during the height of the snow squall and one immediately after it passed with the sun coming out. Needless to say, it was a spectacularly beautiful wedding reception and quite entertaining for a weather nerd like me.