Scattered mountain showers Saturday into Sunday with high snow levels (>7000 feet). A colder system will bring snow to all mountains late Monday into early Tuesday, however accumulations look generally light. High pressure takes control late next week.
Not much new to talk about. Over the past 24 hours, a strong atmospheric river pushed into northern California to our west. Snow fell heavily in the Sierra yesterday afternoon and evening, however snow levels rose well above 8000 feet last night in the Sierra Nevada which made the beautiful snow (they’d forgotten what snow looks like) turn to ugly slush. You can see it change to rain in this animation from overnight at Northstar:
Speaking of “yuck”…. This morning in SLC the temperature is 58F AT 7 IN THE MORNING! To put that into perspective, our average high temperature for the date is 40. Currently our low temp is 18 degrees warmer than our average high!!!! We only need to warm up 5 degrees from this low to set another record for the date.
Today we should see scattered mountain showers…. Snow levels should be up above 7000 feet and perhaps as high as 8k feet today. It should be windy on the mountain as well. Overall, perhaps not the best ski day. Any snow that does fall will likely only accumulate to a wet inch.
By tomorrow afternoon we should have a bit of a break. A colder system still expected to move in during the day Monday with snow developing by afternoon and continuing into the early hours of Tuesday. Snow levels will this system will likely drop below 6,000 feet and we should at least get a few inches moderate density snow in the Wasatch. #SmallVictories
Late next week the ridge returns in earnest. The 00z EC run shows a system sneaking through the ridge next weekend. This solution does not have the support of most ECMWF ensembles, nor does the GFS agree on it tracking through the area…. so for now I’m not giving this much credence.
Still a few signs that things start to change for the last 10 days of the month…. However this is too far out to know anything for sure. We can just hope the weak systems we do have this week over-perform and that the pattern changes sooner rather than later. Keep the faith! Winter WILL return at some point… That I can guarantee… just a matter of when….