Some high elevation snow today with minimal accumulations. No major storms for the next week at least. A better chance for storms toward mid-month.
Today’s system is throwing out disorganized waves of moisture in a southwesterly flow. The High Sierra is getting desperately needed snowfall but it’s unlikely the mountains of Utah will be so lucky. If anything, model runs look even worse today. Accumulations should be confined to above 8,000 feet today, where a few slushy inches could be possible if we’re lucky.
Most of the energy will clear out on Thursday, but we’ll have dirty ridge condition through at least Saturday with periods of clouds and even a chance for a few mountain showers. By next week we ridge up and turn sunny. This should continue for most of next week.
The only good news right now is that both the GFS and Euro have been consistent in having a potent trough affect the west coast some time between December 11-13. Timing varies in each model run and I’d lean toward the later timing. It could be the first in a series of storms that move into the area from mid-month onward. It’s obviously very early, but if you’re desperate for some good news right now, this is it.