Yesterday was a surprise powder day for many. A weaker disturbance than Saturday moved in, but it had a more westerly component to its flow, which allow orographics to become a player. Steady snow fell all day in LCC with graupel mixed in at times. I’ve been nursing a bum knee and was planning on staying home and resting it, however, when I saw some of the webcams and radar returns — I couldn’t help but head up to Alta. As luck would have it, I happened to arrive just as they opened Supreme lift which had been closed on Saturday. Found plenty of untracked and decently deep powder! If you were up there, you know what I’m talking about. Snowbird and Alta reporting 9 and 10″ of snow respectively since yesterday morning, so it might be a good idea to head up there if you’ve got the day off work.
Northwest flow will continue today but the air is pretty dry, so don’t expect much more than a few flurries today. Another even weaker disturbance moves in tonight into tomorrow. Most resorts probably won’t see anything, but some places like LCC, BCC, or snowbasin could squeeze out an inch or two.
After that, we dry out starting on Christmas day. Warming temps up high with inversions in the valley . The next 10 days looks ugly…. Operational models still not showing any signs of the blocking ridge relenting. GEM is the outlier in that it shows a trough digging into the area at the end of the year, but I’m not one to put much faith in the GEM model when the other models don’t agree.
For now, I think we’ll have to just wait for a pattern change. If you want details on when that might occur and missed yesterday’s post… you can check it out here.