Right on schedule

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

Updated amounts at 2 pm (approximations):

  • 12″ Snowbird/Alta
  • 11″ Snowbasin
  • 12-16″ Brighton/Solitude
  • 12+” PCMR
  • 12+” Deer Valley

(Ski Utah Snow Report)


Everything is on track.   Warm advection precip brought 1-4″ of snow yesterday afternoon and evening to the high elevations.  The front has now moved through SLC early this morning and post frontal snow is abundant at all elevations throughout the Wasatch.  Here is a look at the radar at 5:30 AM:



Moderate to heavy snow currently extends from Provo all the way up north of Ogden.  This will slowly sag south today.  We may see snow taper off north of Provo by mid-day but we think it will fire back up again tonight.

Snowfall amounts so far in the Wasatch are tough to gauge.  Webcams show about 2-4″ in the Cottonwoods with heavy snow adding 1-2″ per hour currently.  They should be at about 6-8″ by the time the lifts run at 9 AM.   The Canyons is the only resort I can find with an updated snow report so far this morning and they are showing 6″ of new snow, though most of that is probably mid-mountain or above as it was raining at the base yesterday evening.

I’m using the following NAM forecast graph to compare our progress to the forecast:



We are right about at the 5 AM forecast for Tuesday of 4″ average.  It’ll be fun to watch to see if we can get above the forecast of 12″ by 5 PM in the Upper Cottonwoods.

Tomorrow things will quiet down.  Another weak disturbance moves in on Thursday and should add a couple more inches.   Cold air and the chance for snow lingers on Friday.  The storm system for this weekend looks to be taking most of its energy west, then south of the area.  I still think we’ll see a few more inches of snow this weekend.  Next week looks unsettled with more storms but not quite as frigid.

Winter is definitely here!  Go get some powder!


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10 thoughts on “Right on schedule

  1. Eric Lewis

    Yea hah, let the snows begin! A question—it seems that for years Alta under-reports its snowfall, do you agree, and if so why? Where do they take the reported measurements? It is true that the snowfall at the base is often substantially less then at the summits, and also it can vary widely across the assorted peaks and ridges. But I cannot count how many times they have reported 3-5 and I am standing in a foot of freshies!

    1. Wasatch Snow Forecast Post author

      Hmmm… Reports are usually taken at a mid-mountain location. I don’t know for sure. Perhaps they report at 5 AM and then it snows more on top of that and they don’t update. Let’s hope today feels like a foot!

  2. Matt

    We all (I work at a resort) report study plot information from our resorts. It just depends on when the report comes in, where it’s located on the mountain compared to which aspects are favored by the current flow, etc. Example, last year in late Jan, PCMR reported 7″ at their snowstake and I was waist deep on Jupiter. It happens

  3. Steve

    Evan, any idea why the GFS seems to have most of the precip for this weekend going just west of GSL and then going south. Seems that’s been the trend the last few runs.

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