Quick Hitter

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 6:47 am


A quick-moving cold front will bring a period of snow to Northern Utah late this morning and this afternoon.  A few inches will be possible in the high elevations by this evening.  Break in the action on Monday and Tuesday before another cold front affects Northern Utah on Wednesday with another system for Friday.


Cold front and associated precipitation is slowly sagging south into far northern Utah this morning.  Snow will develop in the Northern Wasatch by mid-morning and spread south to the Cottonwoods/PC area by late morning.  It will be breezy today, especially ahead of the front, however I don’t anticipate the winds will be strong enough to close lifts.  Snow will fall for a few hours, heavy at times with up to a few inches piling up.  There’s a decent amount of instability along and behind the front, so I can’t rule out some convective storms with lightning and thunder possible.

We should clear out by this evening — starting a break in the action that should last through Tuesday night.  Temps will be mild on Monday and Tuesday with mostly sunny skies.

The next system is still timing for Wednesday.  Models have been trending slightly less deep with this system, which means Southern Utah will be less likely to see much snow.  Northern Utah still should see decent snowfall during the day Wednesday, tapering off Wednesday night.

Another system is on its heels — arriving Thursday night and Friday.  Similar track with this cold front that brings it through primarily northern Utah.  Additional moderate accumulation will be possible.

Long range:

Models still in full agreement on a ridge building next weekend.  They are, however, a bit less aggressive with regard to how dominant the ridge will be and for how long.  Both EC and GFS ensembles show that we may be able to break down the ridge before the end of the month, whereas yesterday it looked unlikely.  All of this is off in fantasy land so we’ll just have to wait a few days before we know for sure.


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  • Duff Man- West Chester, PA

    Thanks for your diligent daily update on the weather tea leaves of the Wasatch. I have a trip in 10 days and have really enjoyed being a daily sideline weather junkie on your site for the past couple weeks. Hoping for a powder day 2/27! Keep up the great work!

  • Jake

    What is the snow level?

  • Steve

    I know I’m dreaming, but GFS has been pretty consistent showing storms returning in 12-16 day range. Thoughts? Of course, I’m dreaming because that’s when I’ll be there.