Storm system is rapidly approaching the area with clouds and winds increasing over the last several hours. A few snow showers will be possible this evening, but the heavy stuff should hold off until after midnight when the cold front moves through. Snow will pile up before opening tomorrow so first chair is going to be awesome! Snow showers will linger all day tomorrow so fresh stuff will still be around if you can’t get up there early. Totals (posted below) still look good. Enjoy your Christmas holiday! WSF
Winds will pick up today (Wednesday) before snow moves in late tonight into tomorrow morning. Much of Northern Utah will wake up to snowfall on Christmas Day. Powder should be awesome!
Yesterday was truly amazing. After so much terrain was closed around the area on Monday, Tuesday had a perfect layer of fluff on top of the wet stuff that made for my second best powder day of the year so far.
A perfect Christmas storm is moving into the region today. Snow will begin late tonight, spreading south by morning. Much of the Wasatch Front should wake up to a white Christmas, just like the movies. Wide-eyed children will be unwrapping presents, hardcore skiers will be slaying dry, fluffy Utah powder.
It looks like the heaviest snow will fall during the morning hours before turning showery. It depends a lot on location, but there should be at least a few inches on the ground by the time lifts start spinning. I’d suggest getting up there early and getting free refills. Snow could continue at times Thursday night, so Friday could also be a very good day! As for amounts, I’m thinking the following by Friday morning:
- Cottonwoods 12-18+”
- Park City / Sundance 8-14″
- Resorts north of I-80 8-14″
- Eagle Point / Brian Head 6-10″
- Uintas 10-16″
This low density snow can pile up fast and if we get a good period of post-frontal orographic lift, the amounts could be higher.
A break late Friday thru Saturday. Next system drops into the area out of the northwest on Sunday and Monday. The models have settled on a good track for this system to bring us snow, but the system itself lacks moisture. It’s extremely cold, and sometimes that can make up for the lack of moisture. Right now I’d say accumulations will stay under a foot with that system, but it definitely could surprise us.
After about 12/30, it looks like we’ll see at least a few days break in the action as the ridge amplifies over the west coast and moves inland just a touch. Both the GFS and EC long range ensembles hint that the pattern could turn active again by the end of the first week of January. Januaries have been rough to us the last few years, but hopefully this year will be different.
As promised, here is a look at our snowpack situation.
Blue line = average, Red line = 2011/2012 season, Green line = current season
Snowbird leaped from about 63% of median to 109% in just 3 days!!!!! We are not paralleling 2011/2012 any more!
Brighton was already ahead of 2011/2012 but jumped up to close to average after this storm.
Park City also saw a large leap that got them close to average.
Tony Grove Lake in Cache County, which had fallen back below average briefly, is now at 134% of median!!!
Overall, the numbers looks good. Most of the Wasatch is either at or above average. Look at the improvement in the basin map numbers over the 3-day period:
And now the numbers on December 23rd:
What an improvement a few days can make in our snowpack situation! Remember when people were cancelling their trips a couple weeks ago? I’m telling ya, Utah finds a way to deliver!
With more snow in the forecast, these numbers will improve further! Celebrate good times!
PS Not sure I will update tomorrow on the holiday. I will definitely be skiing however, and I assume I’ll at least post a quick paragraph about reports, etc. If you want to get WSF a Christmas gift, please share this page with friends via social media or by word of mouth. We don’t pollute your social media feeds with sponsored ads, and rely solely on reader recommendations to grow. Have a wonderful Christmas and I hope you get to do some powder skiing/riding! Cheers!