I have a particularly strong affinity for changing aspens. Obviously, I have a bit of a snow obsession too. I always try to take at least one hike up BCC (it has better colors than LCC, in my opinion) every Autumn during the peak of aspen foliage. I always hope we get a good snow storm right during the peak of the aspen colors too — it rarely happens. Yesterday it did happen, and I was fortunate enough to be able to go for a nice long hike and snap some pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
As you can see, it was a spectacular hike. Snow depth at the top of the mountain was around a foot with drifts over two feet.
Now for the forecast… We will be clearing out and warming up today and tomorrow into early in the work week. Temps in the valleys will be in the 70s, with 60s in the mountains. I think most of the snow that fell will be gone by Thursday when the next storm system looks to move in.
Models have struggled mightily with how to handle this system. Yesterday, it seemed like the EC and the GFS found some kind of common ground with the Low cutting off from the flow a bit and dropping into the Great Basin before slowly moving east through Utah on Thursday and Friday. This morning’s GFS was completely different, dropping only a very subtle feature through the area and taking most of the energy into the desert Southwest. Euro’s latest run (00 UTC) still showed scenario 1, which would be much more likely to bring us some snowfall and cooler temps. Right now, the best forecast that can be made is that after a warm beginning to the week, we’ll cool down again late in the work week with a chance for valley rain and mountain snow. Not very specific, but it will have to do for now.
Tomorrow, hopefully the models will find a common solution again.