High pressure keeps us warm and dry for the next two days. A weak cold front will drop into the area Sunday and bring a chance for mountain snowfall. A pacific trough pushes into the west coast early next week, eventually reaching Utah by Wednesday, bringing more chances for mountain snow.
Things remain generally calm and quiet with warm temps. This ridge has been a dirty one, so clouds and breezes have been prevalent the last two days, but precip remains well away from the area. That changes on Sunday as a weak boundary sags south into far northern Utah. Showers will likely affect the northern mountains with snow levels around 6,000 feet, perhaps dropping lower later. Right now, this doesn’t look like a major event at all, but several inches will be possible late Sunday into Monday, especially north of I-80.
We clear out on Monday in advance of a large trough off the Pacific coast. Models were struggling with the timing of this over the last day or two, but have now come into much better agreement. It looks like it will move into the Sierra Nevada on Tuesday, eventually pushing through the Great Basin to Utah by Wednesday. Unfortunately, this is not a great looking system for us and it will likely lose much of its energy as it battles the existing ridge. However, we’ll get some of the leftovers, and some valley rain and mountain snowfall looks likely at times between Wednesday and Friday of next week. Too early for much detail other than that.
Models right now have not been optimistic about the next two weeks for any part of the country, showing much more ridging than troughing across the US… Hopefully we’ll see something show up in the long range. WSF
P.S. I hope everybody had a great holiday yesterday and found something for which to be thankful. Personally, I’m thankful I live in a place that affords me such incredible outdoor recreation opportunities.