Break Day

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 6:22 am


Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures today.  Thursday will feature increasing clouds ahead of the next system which moves in Thursday evening.  6-12″ of snow is possible above 7,000 feet with this system.  Friday powder day! Warm and dry weather returns for the weekend.


Yesterday’s system moved through quickly as expected, but lost a lot of energy as the front moved south.  So while it snowed in the central Wasatch for several hours yesterday, the snowfall rates never really exceeded more than .5″/hour.  Resorts up north that saw most of their snow before the front weakened did well.  Powder Mountain reporting 9″ of new snow today.  Snowbasin at 6″.  Reports in the Cottonwood range from 2-5″.

Warm and mostly sunny weather today with increasing clouds on Thursday.  It looks like snow may start to fall in the high elevations up near the Idaho border as early as late morning tomorrow and slowly work its way south through the day, reaching the SLC region by evening.  Main front will bring snow to the mountain for a good part of Thursday night before instability showers continue during the day on Friday.

Snow levels will start high, at or above 6,500 feet, but should lower behind the front to near valley floors by Friday morning.  This will lead to a right-side-up storm with more typical Utah fluff at the tail end.  I think 4-8″ of snow is likely by Friday morning with an additional 2-4″ during the day Friday for storm totals of 6-12″.

We dry out again and warm up rapidly for a nice Spring-like weekend.  The next storm looks like it will move in either late Monday or early Tuesday.  Doesn’t look overly strong but another quick shot at accumulating snow is likely.

Long range:

Models still all over the place in the long range.  GFS is now trying to build an amplified ridge over the west coast that may cause cold, weak systems to drop into the area.  The EC’s latest run suggests a more zonal (flat) flow with stronger storms possible around mid-month.  We will have to just continue to wait and see if any agreement forms.


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