Snow finally will end in the high country today. Snowfall totals since Thursday range from 2-4 feet of dense, wet snow. Great for building a solid base that will last well into the Spring! More high elevation snow and low elevation rain in the forecast.
The final wave moved through quickly overnight and dropped another 3-6″, mostly south of I-80. Radar and webcams indicate that snow showers are still occurring in a moist northwest flow. This will likely continue off and on through midday before the atmosphere starts to dry out.
Final snowfall totals? I just went through both resort reports and snotel data from the last four days. Final totals look like this:
- Far northern Wasatch (Beaver Mtn): >4 feet
- Northern Wasatch (PowMow, Snowbasin, Wolf Mountain): 24-40″
- Little Cottonwood: 32″
- Big Cottonwood: 36-46″
- PC ridge (Canyons, PCMR, DV): 28-38″
- Sundance: 40″
Not too bad! Remember, the forecast going in was 1-3 feet… and everybody at least got 2 feet with up to 4 feet in places.
I will post snowpack data tomorrow as I’m waiting for everything to be up-to-date. Initial indications look like we leapfrogged 2012 and are getting close to catching 2013. More importantly, we are much closer to average now with more moisture in the forecast.
Speaking of the forecast… It’ll be dry tonight through Wednesday before another Pacific system moves into the PacNW and aims moisture at us again. This is a similar setup to this last storm but will be focused even farther north — with most of the precipitation falling from about Provo northward to the Idaho border. Because we are even further south of the main jet, temps will be even warmer than the previous storm… That means potentially snow levels could exceed 8,000 feet at times…. YIKES. More wet and heavy for the end of the week. At this time it looks like we will see the potential for rain and snow on Thursday through Friday before moisture retreats north again and out of Utah.
After a break on Saturday and Sunday, another system looks to move through on President’s Day Monday. At this point it looks a little cooler but doesn’t look overly strong either.
It looks like we will have another break early next week. All major global models indicate the chance for a deeper, colder trough to move into the Western US mid to late next week.
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