Snow returns! Powder days lie ahead!

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:34 am


Warm and sunny today with temperatures in the 60s in the valleys with 40s at ski resorts.  Even warmer tomorrow, but clouds and winds will start to increase by the afternoon ahead of the next system.  BIG changes on Wednesday with snow falling in the mountains and rain/snow mix in the valleys.  Snow will linger into Thursday before ending.  Both Wednesday and Thursday have potential to be very good ski days.


High pressure continues to dominate.  Today will be nearly perfect with warm temps and sunny skies.  Things begin to change tomorrow as warm southerly winds and clouds start to stream into the area ahead of the next system.  The warm winds will boost temps further with most valleys seeing highs of 70 or higher!

By Wednesday morning, the front will be moving through Northern Utah.  Models are about 8-12 hours faster with this front than they were 24 hours ago.  This significantly impacts skiing as it no longer means Thursday is definitely the day to go.  Snow will start falling early on Wednesday and last through most of the day.  This will make Wednesday an excellent storm skiing day.

A bit of a break Wednesday night before another wave brings snow back on Thursday.  Thursday should also be a very good ski day with a softer, fresher base than on Wednesday.

Right now it looks like 4-8″ is likely on Wednesday with an additional 2-4″ on Thursday.   That will bring storm totals to 6-12″ with the possibility for a bit more in favored locations like the Cottonwoods.

Here is the latest NAM qpf through Thursday:



You can see the mountains just west of Tahoe should see plenty of much needed snowfall (2+ feet possible).  We don’t see nearly as much in the Wasatch but .5-1″ of liquid still looks good for the previously mentioned 6-12″ of snow.

We clear out by Friday with another warm and sunny weekend on tap.  Models continue to struggle with the timing of the next system.  EC brings precip to the area as soon as Sunday night while the GFS holds off until at least Monday.  What does seem clear is that the active pattern will continue into next week with more chances for POW!

Long range:

Active pattern looks to continue at least through the first week of April, although models struggling mightily with the details.  MJO has weakened but is still in favorable phases and it is my opinion that this is the main driver of this pattern change back to active weather.  We will continue to monitor it and keep you informed and ready to shred!


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  • Pow Pow

    thanks for the updates! always a good read to know what to expect

    tried making a donation but the paypal link didn’t seem to be working correctly, can you check that? thanks

    • Tyson Dunn

      Love your site and what you do. I wake up at 5:30-6 just to check your report. Thanks for all your hard work!

      I second the notion of fixing your donation link. I’ll gladly give to the cause.

      • Thanks, it was working this morning but seems to have gone down over the past hour. Working on getting this resolved. I will let you know when it is. 🙂

      • Hey Tyler, it should be working again now.

    • PayPal seemed to be having issues, but it seems to be working now.

  • Jon Shapiro

    I will gladly donate $10 for evey inch of snow fallen during my upcoming annual ski week March 28-April 2!!!

    look for my donation week of April 7th

    thanks for the updates!

  • Luke

    Thanks for the great forecasts. Any comments on southern Utah for this week? Brian Head?
    I just donated 🙂

    • Thanks Luke, this is a statewide storm so Brian Head should get snow Wednesday night. Perhaps 6″ or more. Thursday should be fun!

  • Peter

    Any chance for a lake effect surprise with this storm?

    • Can’t rule it out. Not a super cold system, but the lake has warmed significantly recently — so it doesn’t have to be as quite as cold now. I don’t see any models picking up lake effect yet. But it’s definitely something to watch for as we get closer.