5-8″ of heavy, wet snow fell on the upper elevations overnight. Snow will continue this morning before turning showery this evening and clearing out tomorrow. Snow levels will lower to 6,000 feet by the end of the day. Winds will also be strong today from the southwest. Break for Monday before a weak system moves through on Tuesday with another storm for Thursday/Friday.
Welcome to March! Meteorological Spring is now here. My favorite month to ski the Wasatch. March certainly roared in like a lion last night. My house sounded like it was being battered by a hurricane with strong wind gusts and horizontal rain.
The snow fell in waves last night. Heavy snow above 7,000 started to pile up however. Reports generally range from 5-8″ of new snow. The highest amounts in the Cottonwoods, no surprise there as they tend to have higher elevation. Resorts with lower base elevations like PC ridge resorts or Snowbasin likely have a large disparity between snow in the upper elevations and snow at the base. In fact, the base of many resorts may have seen more rain than anything else. Again, elevation was your friend last night. Here is the Snowbird time lapse:
Winds will also be a factor today. Looking at some of the stations in the Wasatch, I see some gusts as high as 60 mph overnight. Right now they look a little bit calmer than they were earlier, but that doesn’t mean they won’t pick up again. I would not be surprised to see some wind holds today in areas susceptible to wind.
We are in a bit of a lull right now but snow should pick back up again through the morning as the flow turns more westerly. Another 3-6″ is certainly possible. Snow will start to taper off this afternoon and this evening before fully clearing out tomorrow.
Break Sunday and Monday before the next system moves through northern Utah on Tuesday. This system looks weak in all models and I’d only expect a few inches, however, that can be just enough to soften everything up again. Another break Wednesday before a final system moves through Thursday/Thursday night. This system has been trending a bit weaker in both GFS and EC. We’ll keep an eye on it, but it should bring us some more fresh snow.
Ridging will occur for next weekend into early the following week. Still some signs that the storm track could return to the area by mid-month. MJO is getting hung up in Phase 8, not what I want to see . . .