We have now officially wrapped up our weekend storm. If you were outside the Cottonwoods, the storm behaved exactly as predicted — 3-6″ with higher amounts in southern Utah. However, Saturday night and Sunday we saw an extended period of orographically generated snowfall with even a bit of lake enhancement. This brought much higher totals to the Cottonwoods, especially Alta, which reported 16″ since Friday afternoon. Reports from the mountain suggest it skied even deeper than that. This is exactly why, when we had our bleak forecast last week, I said that at least we had storm energy in play. When you got a storm, even a disorganized one, you’ll at least have the opportunity for a surprise.
This upcoming week will feature a few disturbances. None look very strong. The first one will be an advection wave in advance of the main trough. This wave will move thought Utah tonight and tomorrow morning. An inch or two will be possible in the mountains. The main trough itself moves in on Wednesday, but it will be dropping south. Most of its energy will affect southern Utah where a decent snowfall is possible. The Wasatch will likely only see a few scattered showers on Wednesday.
The next system after that moves in on Saturday. Big differences in the models currently. It’s looking weak but perhaps it will track more favorably for us than its predecessors. Again, no major storms, but at least we are staying active so the opportunity for them to over perform is there.
Looking deep into the crystal ball I see another wave which could move in Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Will Santa bring the greatest gift of all?