Two weak systems this weekend will bring far northern Utah a chance for light snow snow Friday night and again late Sunday into Monday. Accumulations should be minor. No signs of major snow in the next week.
High pressure is now in control, but the ridge will flatten Friday night enough to allow a system to brush northern Utah. Light snow will be possible, mainly from I-80 north to the Idaho border. Mountains could see an inch or two, but that looks to be it.
Another system is timing for later on Sunday into Monday… again, it looks very weak and likely to only bring very light snow to far northern Utah.
Middle of next week we may see another system drop down the east side of the ridge into the region. The EC/GEM show this move through the area with just clouds and breezes, but then strengthen the system over southeastern Utah.
Overall, there doesn’t seem to be too much hope of ‘major’ snowfall in the next week, but perhaps small refreshers in places.
The ensemble members for both the EC and GFS are all over the place beyond the middle of next week. So there isn’t a strong trend for troughing, but at the same time there isn’t a strong signal for ridging either. The MJO is moving into more favorable phases, but is gradually weakening at the same time.
In other news, the GFS model was upgraded yesterday. The upgraded GFS beta has been available all season but what was once a beta is now the operational model. The immediate impact from this is that it increases the resolution of the model. This is significant for the Wasatch due to the steep and relatively narrow nature of the Wasatch range. Because of this, the old GFS had trouble picking up on factors like orographic influence. Hopefully this new GFS will do better with that. Jury is still out on how it will do picking up on trends…. Always trying to improve to compete with the gold-standard Euro model…