Snow, Snow, Snow

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:29 am

Wednesday PM update:

Today’s disturbance performed as well as we could have hoped, with amounts in the high Wasatch generally in the 4-7″ range.  We will be mostly clear this evening.  Tomorrow’s system will spread snow into the area again from north to south with snow starting around daybreak up north and by mid-morning for SLC south.  Looking at the latest model guidance, I think an additional 6-12″ is likely by tomorrow evening above 7,000 ft.  Another weak warm advection wave will move into the area on Friday.  This will keep snow showers going with a few more inches possible.  Overall, snowfall totals, including what fell today, should be about 12-24″ by Friday night. 

Next system still looking good for Saturday night and Sunday… Right now another 8-16″ is possible for 6-day storm totals of 20-40″ if all goes according to plan.  Not too shabby.  Update in the AM…WSF



Snow likely today with 3-6″ in the mountains of Northern Utah.  More snow tomorrow with an additional 5-10″ likely.  Total accumulations by Friday should be 8-16″!   Another good storm coming in Saturday night into Sunday.


A second disturbance is moving into northern Utah today, bringing steady snowfall to all elevations.  A lot of moisture is associated with this shortwave, but not too much dynamics.  Still, an inch or two in the valleys with 3-6″ in the mountains.  Skiing/riding should be very good.  Snow will taper off this afternoon with a break tonight.

Next system moves in tomorrow.  This system has better structure and dynamics and should be a good snow producer for us.  I expect an additional 5-10″ to fall tomorrow and tomorrow night.  Thursday will be great storm day skiing with fresh snow on top of fresh snow.

Friday will be a break, although a moist advection flow could keep a few snow showers around.  It should be a good powder day!

Saturday will be breezy ahead of the next system.  Snow will likely begin in the evening and continue overnight and into the day on Sunday.   Right now it looks like 6-12″ with possibly more will fall from this final system.  Sunday you’re going to have to make a choice between football and deep powder.  Personally, I hope you all choose football ;-).

Overall, accumulations by Monday should be anywhere from 1.5 to 3 feet.  Snow we desperately need!  It’s going to be more typical Utah winter fun out there this week!

Long range:

Still looking like ridging returns to the area next week.  GFS still showing signs of breaking down the ridge again over the last ten days of January.


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  • Devin

    Any idea on valley snowfall Thursday? I fly in that day after already being pushed off 5 days…was really hoping for a smooth flight.

    • 2-4″ in the valleys tomorrow is the best guess I could give you. SLC airport does a great job dealing with snow, so hopefully you won’t be delayed.

  • Braxton

    You do a great job with this cite! I also fly into SLC thursday and was wondering how you think the roads will be? (headed to ski the canyons)

    • Thanks Braxton… The roads will be snowy tomorrow. Usually if you have a 4WD you can get up the canyon without issue. LCC in particular always runs the risk of closure due to avalanche work. By Friday the roads should be much better as the storm will have moved out by then.

  • Jake

    Which is more favored over the few days Big or Little cotton wood canyons?

  • There is plenty of lift and dynamics with these storms so there shouldn’t be too much difference. LCC tends to get slightly more, and if I had to guess, I’d say they’ll get a bit more, but probably only by and inch or two.

  • Peter

    Take the vacation day on Thursday or Friday? Don’t mind riding in a storm if visibility isn’t horrible. Gotta make the Thursday call this afternoon. Going to Snowbird.

    • Wow! Tough call… If you don’t mind storm skiing. I give the slight edge to tomorrow, especially considering they’ve gotten 6″ already today so anything that falls tomorrow will be on top of fluff. However, if you’re not much into heavy storm skiing, Friday will still be pretty awesome!

  • When will the snow start on Thursday? I’d like to ski the storm (it’s my birthday 🙂 but have a 2 hour massage scheduled for 1PM. I wanted to ski the storm in the morning if it’s going to start them. Thanks 🙂

    • Snow will probably start lightly overnight and pick up in intensity through the morning. Considering we’ve seen 3-6″ already today, it will be falling on top of soft surfaces so it’ll feel deep all day. You should have a fun morning. Happy Birthday! I got you this storm as a gift.

  • Greg McKeever

    discovered your site yesterday, very glad i did. well done

    Married with two kids, a slave to my job. booked a January trip cuz my ski buddy’s wife is with child, due february. Anyways, we book our trips and pray for snow….won’t be in town till Sunday. Heli with Powderbird Monday, snowbird/alta tues and wed. So obviously this could be epic. my question to you is…..will we have any trouble landing in SLC Sunday high noon and driving a 4WD rental to Snowbird? I appreciate your time, take care.

    Greg – Maryland

    • Greg McKeever

      sorry, we’ll be arriving in town this* Sunday.

    • Hey Greg, Welcome to WSF… SLC airport does an amazing job with keeping the airport open during snowstorms. Right now it’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the storm will be at its worst and what snowlevels will be at that time as we are still a few days away and models aren’t in 100% agreement. My guess is that the roads Sunday afternoon will be pretty dang snowy heading up the canyon, but Monday should be unreal if you are doing heli then!

  • Greg McKeever

    as long as we can get there! thanks so much for the quick response.

  • Josh

    Have your heard of any snow reports from BCC? It would be great because I am skiing there tomorrow.

    • Looks like 4-6″ fell in BCC today. You can get reader reports often on our Facebook page, which can be accessed up in the top right corner.

  • Evan

    I’ve got family in Park City and come out for around a week every winter. Past 2 years have been absolutely infuriating with multiple trips each season without a trace of snowfall. This year I planned my trip for January 7 – 14. Despite my prayers to the snow gods, it appeared that another disappointing trip was awaiting me — the forecasts on and were so lousy that I considered canceling and pushing it back. Anyway, I found your site about ten days ago and decided that there was a glimmer of hope after all. After checking your site everyday, I decided on Monday to stick to the plan, and thank god I did. You nailed it and today, which appears to be just the beginning, was by far the best day I’ve had in PC since the 2011 season. Had to be at least 5-6″ of fresh snow that fell after lunch, and coupled with the empty slopes, I was carving fresh tracks all day. You are the man, WSF. Can’t wait for the next 5 days. Thank you.

  • Josh

    Ok thanks

  • Steve

    Things seem to be shaping up nicely.

  • Andrew

    We fly in tomorrow. It looks like there could be some gusty winds Friday. Are any of the BCC or LCC resorts more prone to wind lift holds? Thank you for the great forecasting!

    • Hmmm… it depends on the wind direction and what part of the mountain. Each resort has areas that are more exposed and areas that are more sheltered. I feel like Solitude does a good job keeping their lifts running even on windy days. But that is just my personal experience.

  • Tanner

    national weather service salt lake says that layton will be in the 5-10 inch range… how accurate do you think this is?

  • Life @ 8000′

    Strange Storm Today, Kimball, Snyderville Basin about an 1″ if that , here at the house @ 2″ that is being generous , reported from my house at the Top of The Preserve about 8000′