Where we stand now…

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:15 am

Friday Update:

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…


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5 thoughts on “Where we stand now…

  1. Dr. Galazkiewicz

    Do you have an explanation as to why BCC is crushing LCC this year? And what about numbers in and around PC? Given that PC shares the ridge line with BCC should we expect PC to be crushing it as well?

    1. Wasatch Snow Forecast Post author

      Well, they are crushing LCC in terms of % of normal, but LCC still has slightly more snow overall. LCC usually sees 50″+ more per season than BCC, whereas this year they are fairly comparable. I think it just has to do with the type of storms we’ve seen. Remember those atmospheric river systems in February? They featured long periods of Southwest flow, which favors BCC more than LCC, and were responsible for a large portion of our current SWE. PC is fairly similar in numbers to BCC, Thaynes Canyon currently sits at 94% of normal.

  2. Nigel Mills

    Coming from London to ski the Bird for a week I met a local who told me about your site – have never seen anything so good and just wanted to say thanks

  3. Erik Syrstad

    “Great year for those up in Logan area mountains!”

    It has been a solid year up here for snow water equivalent, at least above 8000′. It’s good to finally see a deep snowpack up high and we’re set up for a fine spring.

    However, that Tony Grove data is a great example of how SWE doesn’t tell the whole story in terms of the quality of skiing. So far this season has been below average IMO. The true powder days have been infrequent and inconsistent. Unfortunately the huge jump in February SWE came in the form of very wet ‘snow’, rain, rime, graupel, sleet, and every crust you can imagine. The avy danger was also quite high most of the season, and the low elevation trailheads took a beating with the warm temperatures.

    Believe it or not, last season was consistently better for snow quality – despite ending up at about half our current SWE! The touring remained quite good even weeks after the prior storm.

    Keep up the great work, this is one of my go-to sites every morning. The charts are awesome and I love the discussion of the various long-range models.

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