Thursday PM update…
What a powder morning it was! I headed up to Solitude this morning and was one of the first chairs on Powderhorn lift. It was about 10-12″ of medium-to-high density fresh snow that actually skied phenomenally well. Here is a short clip of what some of the turns looked like:
Unfortunately, the cold front last night dropped through the area even faster than any of the models depicted. That limited the additional snowfall we were hoping for during the day today. It has snowed lightly in the Wasatch today, but the best snow is now in Central and Southern Utah. Additional impulses are expected to ripple through, but again, because the cold front boundary is now south of us, it looks like the majority of energy will miss most Utah ski resorts. I still think a few off and on snow showers will stick around in Northern Utah through Saturday.
After a weak system on Tuesday, models continue to depict stronger storms potentially moving into the area next weekend Feb 8-10. It is still towards the end of model runs and therefore should be treated with a grain of salt, but at this point, it does not look as if we’ll be entering another long dry spell.
Wasatch has been re-coated in fresh powder! Resorts of northern Utah reporting 7-12″ of snow. More snow showers today before we slowly start to clear out tonight. Occasional mountain snow showers possible this weekend.
Precipitation moved in during the evening yesterday from north to south and started as rain below 8,500 feet. Rain quickly changed to snow however and it piled up. Here is a quick run down of area resorts and what they’re reporting:
- Wasatch north of I-80: 9-12″
- Cottonwoods: 9-12″
- Park City: 7-9″
Full snow reports can be found here. The forecast yesterday was for 6-12″ by the time the lifts started turning today so we met the forecast almost exactly.
As of right now, we are only seeing occasional snow showers south of I-80. The front dropped through the area and didn’t really stall at all on its way through. A reinforcing wave of energy will move into Utah this afternoon but I fear that it will track along the frontal boundary and be too far south. Additional accumulation should be minimal today and confined mostly to resorts south of I-80. If only the front had stalled like models were suggesting it would a few days ago we could have gotten so much more snow. Oh well…
This weekend we will see a few more snow showers move through as embedded weak shortwaves move through in a northwest flow. Accumulations from these showers should be very light.
Next chance for a system will be Tuesday, but at this time it looks fairly weak.
While we won’t necessarily be under the influence of dominant high pressure, there just isn’t a ton going on next week. Therefore, mostly dry conditions will prevail with only a chance for an occasional weak shortwave system. Both the EC and GFS suggest a return to stronger systems sometime between Feb 8-10. We’ll keep an eye on that…
Enjoy the powder!