Cold and blustery

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 6:35 am


Very cold temperatures across the region.  Downslope canyon winds today will cause blowing snow across many valleys.  Snowstorm targeting southern Utah this week.   Northern Utah gets a break in the action.


Snow continued for many areas through much of yesterday and even into last night.  Additional accumulations varied greatly, but generally were in the 1-5″ range.  Canyons, Alta, and Snowbird all reporting an additional 7″. Sundance reporting 11″ since yesterday morning!!! It’s safe to say this storm performed as well as any of us could have dreamed!

A very cold airmass has settled into Northern and Central Utah today in the wake of our Sunday/Monday system.  Check out temperatures this morning in the Salt Lake Valley, Cottonwoods, and PC area:



Single digits to low teens in the valley, below zero in the mountains and mountain valleys.  Brrrr…

The other big story today is a downslope wind event.  Gusts over 70mph reported in Davis County.  I would imagine there is significant blowing snow up there.  This won’t affect your skiing/riding today, but it could affect your drive to the ski resort.

A closed low is going to form over the next 24 hours in Southern California and slowly work its way east into Arizona.  This is going to send lots of moisture up into Southern Utah where a cold airmass will already be in place.  Significant snowfall (10-20+ inches) is likely in the mountains of southern Utah Wednesday into Thursday.  If you have New Year’s off and you’re yearning to ski powder some more, perhaps a drive down to Brian Head is in the offing.

For northern Utah, we are now in a break that will last for at least a week.  Early next week we should have a very weak system drop down the east side of the ridge.  It could clip far northern Utah with a few snow showers, but other than that we are dry.  Temps will gradually warm by the weekend and, unfortunately, valley inversions will develop.

Right now both the GFS and Euro show the potential for a pattern change around January 8-9… It’s a long way off and there aren’t too many details quite yet.  With the recent snowfall, the skiing is great and the cold temps should keep it that way.

Snowpack numbers at Snowbird snotel now at 142% of median, and we’ve left that 2011-2012 year in the dust!



I’ll have a full look at numbers tomorrow.

There’s still plenty of powder out there to be had.  Go enjoy it!


P.S.  I’ve skied powder 6 out of the last 8 days.  Each powder day was increasingly deep and fluffy.  The pinnacle of which was yesterday’s dry fluff.   Here is one run of mine…  It’s not hyperbole to say that I was struggling to breathe with so much snow in my face and I could have benefited from using a snorkel.

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11 thoughts on “Cold and blustery

  1. brig

    It was chewed up quick at Alta yesterday. Had to hunt for freebies with the frothing holiday and still young season crowd. Wind loading is happening at lower els today. The side country and usually safer lower zones should be treated as potential slab areas where affected by the east wind.
    Gonna be cold in plastic boots today.

    1. brig

      Hunt for freshies and freebies in the next few will get tricky in the LCC resorts. Looks like the author got some deep in the cottonwwods. Deserved – if anything nature deals ever is…

  2. Ben

    Silly deep in certain places at the Better Cottonwood Canyon resorts yesterday. Currently -9F and breezy at 7850′ in BCC, bundle up.

    1. Tim

      No. I am not. I am just providing unsolicited updates to model outputs in between Evan’s morning reports in part to get me psyched/worried about my upcoming trip to PC in January. My first there since 2002. Been too long.

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