A fast-moving cold front will move through the area today — producing a period of heavy snow today that will taper off this evening. 4-8″ with up to a foot in the Cottonwoods is likely from this front. Clouds and occasional light snow showers through Saturday. Dry and warm Sunday through Wednesday before storms return around the end of the month.
Cold front still progged to move through the Wasatch today bringing an intense period of precip to the area. Here is a look at the current satellite imagery:
There is a weak lobe that is currently passing through Northern Utah, you can see that green blob. That’s bringing a few light snow showers to the area right now but most of it is not hitting the ground. The main feature of note is the front which you can see on a SW to NE axis through the SW corner of Idaho. That is what will be bringing us our precip today. The front might not look too impressive on the satellite, but it is quite strong.
Snow will start mid to late morning and continue through the early afternoon. Steady snow should taper to snow showers by the evening commute. This will drop snow levels to all valley floors and a quick few inches in SLC is not out of the question. There is a decent amount of convection with this front as well, which means another good possibility for lightning with the front. Don’t be surprised to see another lightning hold on the lifts at some point today. As usual, these holds are usually short-lived and occur during periods of heavy snow, so just think of it as letting the runs fill in for when they take the lifts off hold again. The other thing to watch out for is wind, it could be quite breezy today, even behind the front. I don’t think it’ll be strong enough to close the lifts, but it may makes things feel cold up there.
While this front is intense and cold, the duration of the snow is short and therefore will limit totals. I think 4-8″ is a good blanket amount for the Wasatch mountains, but there could be places that see up to a foot. This is a last chair today, first chair tomorrow type of storm. Which day is better largely depends on how much you like storm skiing with heavy snow and limited visibility.
A cool northwest flow tomorrow should keep us mostly cloudy but dry until another weak front grazes us on Friday and will give us a shot for a few more snow showers with light accumulation.
By Sunday, it’ll be full-on break time as we dry out through Wednesday with warm temps.
Pattern change back to storminess still looks likely. The amplified ridge is going to get undercut by a strong jet. This is a full breakthrough of the westerlies, something we haven’t seen too often in the last 2.5 years. First storm could move in as early as Thursday, Feb 27 with the possibility for subsequent systems into the first week of March. Not going to get into too much detail until this weekend when we have a clearer picture. However, as we get closer and all models continue to agree on the change, our confidence continues to grow.