Another bitterly cold morning in Utah. Weather Underground’s wundermap does a good job showing us the temperature range in the SLC area:
Generally single digits in the lower valleys with below zero readings in the high elevations. High elevation valleys, where the cold air sinks overnight are showing the lowest readings. -15 F for Snyderville Basin and PC! -17 for Heber City. Brrrrr! Bundle up today if you’re going anywhere, much less skiing.
This afternoon will be cold with a chance for a few afternoon snow showers in the mountains as a weak impulse moves over the area.
Tomorrow, the next system will be approaching the area. Advected moisture will give us another chance for a few afternoon snow showers. The main event will move in Saturday, with snow likely for all elevations. The best energy with this system will pass to our west then to our south, so Southern Utah will do very well. The Wasatch will still see a decent snow event however, as the cold pool will squeeze out every last bit of moisture in the air. Yesterday we said 3-6″, but with a bit more confidence, we are going to bump that up to 5-10″ between late Friday and Sunday morning. Saturday and Sunday should be good ski days.
We will dry out and slowly start to warm up early next week. The next chance for snow is still looking to be around Thursday, December 12. Not much model agreement quite yet on how to handle that system, so there’s no point going into depth.
The ski bases continue to build, cold air continues to allow for round-the-clock snowmaking, and more snow is in the forecast. Nothing to complain about!
Have a great day!
P.S. We have had about 10 distinct “storms” so far this season. WSF keeps track of each and every one (i.e. our forecast amounts vs. what actually fell). Of those 10 events, 7 have exceeded expectation, with the other three falling perfectly into the forecasted range. Not a single one has under-produced. It’s only a matter of time before we get a “dud” –it’s a part of forecasting–, but this trend is a nice change from last year. Let’s hope it continues.