Calm and Cold

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:54 am

Snow over northern Utah has stopped today, but it’s still snowing down south.  Brian Head is reporting 14″ overnight and still coming down hard.

Final totals for the Wasatch look like this:

  • 12″ Snowbasin
  • 15″ Alta/Snowbird/Sundance
  • 16″ Brighton/Canyons
  • 18″ PCMR
  • 19″ Deer Valley/Solitude

Overall, the storm performed at or above what we expected, so smiles all around!

The other story is cold air.  Mountains are in the single digits right now, valleys aren’t much better.  Peter Sinks, in far northern Utah, was reporting a temp of -30F earlier this morning.  It’s going to be frigid up there today so bundle up.

Today, tomorrow and Friday will be partly cloudy and cold. There will be chances for occasional snow at times as very weak impulses move through and the cold air squeezes out any moisture.

The next system will move in on Saturday.  All models take this system and drop it south down the California coast before moving it inland to our south.   Northern Utah will still see a cold front and should see 3-6″ of mountain snow, but the best snow will once again fall for far Southern Utah.

Next week we start off with high pressure as this frigid trough finally moves east.  Cold air will still be trapped in the valleys however.  It looks like we will be entering a more zonal pattern next week.  The jet stream will be less amplified and we will see warmer systems enter the area.  This doesn’t mean warm tropical systems, just not as bitterly cold as this week’s.  Details on this pattern are still vague, but it looks like the next system of note could be around the 11th or 12th.  We’ll keep you updated!

Enjoy all the fresh snow!


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