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.
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! 😉