A Merry White Christmas to ALL!!!
Snow has been falling across most of Northern Utah this morning. We have 3-4″ of snow at my place in Draper. There isn’t a ton of forcing right now, so I’m a bit concerned that precipitation is having a tough time pushing up to the upper elevations. This could be one of those storms where you find more snow at the base than at the top of the mountain….
4-8″ being reported at local resorts today at 5:20am… Seems like most resorts across the state saw similar amounts. Santa was non-discriminatory this Christmas. Or maybe all of Utah was just on the nice list…. Waiting for a few other resorts to report… You can check full totals by clicking on the Ski Utah link on the right sidebar (below for mobile)
Snow should continue today… There may be a lull this morning but the snow should pick up again during the afternoon as the flow becomes stronger out of the northwest. By tonight, the flow turns more easterly as a backdoor cold front swings in. That could favor the Wasatch Back a bit, however by that time there’s not much moisture left. Our forecasted totals by Friday morning still look good:
- Cottonwoods 12-18+”
- Park City / Sundance 8-14″
- Resorts north of I-80 8-14″
- Eagle Point / Brian Head 8-16″
- Uintas 10-16″
Things will end Friday morning with a break through Saturday. Next system moves in for Sunday into Monday. This storm does not look great in the models but it’s the type of system that can surprise us with a long, cold, unstable northwest flow. When I say COLD, I mean COLD! 700mb temps next week are forecast to be at -20C, which means highs in the valleys could struggle to reach 20F. Anyway, Sunday and Monday could be good powder days. I’m optimistic that this storm will perform better than models indicate.
Beyond that there are major questions, GFS keeps us mostly dry through the first few day of the New Year while the EC drops yet another cold system into the area. We’ll watch and see…
I’m going to head up the the mountain soon! Hope to see you up there!
Merry Christmas to ALL!