Storm system will approach the area tonight. Bringing periods of mostly light snow to the mountain through Saturday afternoon. This system continues to look weaker with each passing model run. The secondary wave on Sunday now look almost non-existent. Because of these two factors, I think we’ll only see 3-6″ at best. I would set your expectations very low, and anything that does fall will be a bonus.
Part of the reason for the weakening system is rapidly strengthening high pressure to our south and west. This will move over head next week and give us very warm temps with highs in the 70s in the valleys and 50s on the hill. Slush and mashed potatoes!
Next chance for systems look to be late next weekend around April 13, but models have been very inconsistent so have little confidence in this. Wait and see…. WSF
Snowpack: (From Thursday 4/3)
The last week of storms has seen us receive anywhere from 15 to 50 inches of snow in the Wasatch. We are approaching that time when we typically see our maximum snow depth in most locations, so let’s take a look at the numbers…
First off, Snowbird:
Snowbird is one of the worst snotel locations in the Wasatch in terms of numbers. We are just ahead of the past two years currently, but still a good way below normal with about 83% of normal snowpack. We’ll need a late April miracle if we’re going to catch up to average there.
BCC typically receives slightly less snow than LCC. This difference was more pronounced over the last two years. However this year we’ve seen an inordinate amount of days where BCC saw as much if not more snow than LCC. Therefore, their snowpack numbers look significantly better. Brighton is at 99% of normal right now and is doing MUCH better than either of the last two seasons.
Moving farther north to Ben Lomond Peak:
Ben Lomond Peak is a good reflection of the mountains around Snowbasin and PowMow. Ben Lomond is actually just a fraction over 100% of average and, like Brighton, is doing much better than the last two years.
Finally, Tony Grover Lake:
Since having a monster February, TGL has been the gold standard for Utah snowpack. They are way above average (131%) and have twice as much snow as this time last year! Great year for those up in Logan area mountains!
Overall, the numbers have improved 5-8% since last week. Here is an updated look at the basin wide snowpack numbers:
Despite Tahoe’s recent snow, they are still well below normal. We are right around normal in the Wasatch and Wyoming and Montana are killing it with upwards of 150% of normal. Late season opening for Yellowstone…