Snow Returns!

Monday, February 2, 2015 at 6:46 am


Snow will fall above 7,000 feet off and on Today thru Wednesday in Northern Utah mountains.  By Wednesday, anywhere from 5 to 15 inches of snow will accumulate.  More chances for snow this weekend into early next week!


Snow has returned to Utah.  Already moisture has been streaming into the region with snow falling above 6,500 ft or so.  Many local resorts reporting an inch overnight with snow still falling in many locations.

We will see snow continue off and on through Wednesday in the Wasatch with the areas farther north seeing the heavier and more sustained snowfall.  Snowfall totals we are expecting through Wednesday:

  • Park City resorts: 5-10″
  • Cottonwood Canyon resorts: 7-13″  (highest amounts likely in LCC)
  • Snowbasin/Powder Mountains: 7-13″
  • Beaver Mountain: 12-20″
  • Sundance: 3-6″

Snow levels will run fairly high through the event between 6,500 and 7,000 feet during much of the snow, so base elevations will likely have substantially less than mid-mountain and above.  Total listed above are for upper part of mountain.  Because of the relatively warm nature of the storm, snow will also be medium to high density.  Also, this is a prolonged event, don’t expect the snow to feel this deep at any one time.  To give you a better idea of where the best snow is expected to fall:



Obviously, the more snow we receive the better.  There is still the possibility that precip stays farther north than expected and we get skunked.  Conversely, it could sag a bit farther south and we get hosed.  It’s not the type of storm that makes me feel confident in my forecasted totals.

We dry out Thursday and Friday before a series of systems pushes into the Northwest.  A ridge is building to our south and east and that is going to try to keep the precipitation away from Utah.  We should definitely get some more snow this weekend, but the high pressure will keep it from being a major event.  Another system is timing for Monday/Tuesday.  Right now it looks like Friday night thru Tuesday could be another decent period for Wasatch snowfall, although totals do not look overly significant at this time.

Long range:

After our active period, we look to ridge up from about February 11 until at least February 15.  It looks to be a dominant ridge that will keep all storms away.  This is still in the 10-15 day range and is subject to change.  Hopefully the models find a more favorable solution.


P.S.  Keep an eye on WSF’s social media pages Facebook, Twitter (@WasatchSnow), and Instagram (@WasatchSnowForecast) for the latest info.  If this system ends up dropping more snow on us than expected, I’ll update those more frequently and you can make sure to get “sick” for tomorrow and/or Wednesday!  😉

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  • Tiny
  • brig

    Good news makes Monday better. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  • royAdler

    • Steve

      Very funny!

  • Sam

    Alright Alright Alright

  • David

    Just my luck. Here from the midwest — where they got dumped on — for the weekend. I’m back the end of February. Snow seems to stop two weeks before I arrive and starts again just as I leave.

  • Dan

    Tetons are gonna get hammered again huh? Any ideas on snowfall amounts at Targhee/jackson??? I am head up tomorrow!

  • Tim

    Hellova nice ridge over Utah Feb 11-14 per the 12z GFS. When I say nice, I mean large scale melt-inducing. On the bright side, the Euro doesn’t agree,

    • Unfortunately, the euro very much does agree.

      • brig

        Durn. Got my hopes up for a millisecond.

  • Kristen

    Report from PCMR: the top of the mountain (Bonanza) had crusty corduroy for about 30 minutes in the morning with moderate snowfall. It turned to packed powder rather quickly and conditions kept getting better through the a.m. Below the top of Payday was still a bit crusty by noon. Base area is crusty & slushy. We had a wonderful first day of skiing until our old legs gave out.

  • East Coast Greg

    10 Roger

  • Kody

    Do you have any info on whether this may hit the Tetons, or if the tetons are looking like they’ll be colder during our ridging?

  • Ben Styefanou

    Can someone please tell me if this is the Euro, Canadian or US model, if any of them?? And where I can the others, or all of them?

    Thanks Ben