A weak system is pushing through the area today (Thursday). Showers this morning will turn scattered by this afternoon with clearing on Friday. A very warm weekend ahead.
Some resorts reporting an inch of snow overnight with one resort (Powder Mountain) reporting 3″. The main band of precip is pushing into the SLC area as I type this. Here is the radar as of 6:45am:
Nothing too impressive. But a couple quick inches are possible today above 7,000 feet. Daytime heating could enhance some of the scattered, popcorn-type showers this afternoon. Hopefully it will be enough to bring a few creamy turns to the high elevations.
This weekend we will see very warm weather as a southwest flow brings in mild air. A trough pushes into the PNW on Sunday. Big questions remain for us starting Monday as models differ greatly. Last two runs of the GFS bring precip from this trough far enough east/south to bring northern Utah some showers. The Euro keeps all precipitation to our north for the beginning of the week, but eventually brings a more progressive pattern into the area by the end of next week with additional troughs. With so much disagreement, it’s hard to make any sort of forecast, but it does look like the tempo and our chances for storms will increase with time. At the very least it will be something interesting for me to watch and forecast over the coming week. Stay tuned…
P.S. A lot of questions lately asking exactly how this season ranks in the pantheon of worst seasons for Utah. Of course, every location is slightly different, but if we are using the Alta-Guard location where the UAC has kept records dating back nearly 70 years, then these are the numbers I’ve gathered…
- Worst season in history: 1976-77 314.5″
- Current season: 223.5″
- Amount need through end of April to avoid record: 91″
- Average snowfall for second half of March and April: 113″
- Percentage of average needed to avoid record: 80.5%
Essentially, we need to see 80.5% of average from now through the end of April to avoid setting a new record (If the numbers and my calculations are correct). Of course, Alta-Guard averages nearly 500″ of snow per year and is one of the snowiest places in Utah — other areas are faring much worse. This also doesn’t take into account that between storm cycles, we’ve seen several periods of record warmth.
What really is remarkable, is that in 70 years, our worst season was still 65% of normal. When you look at places like Tahoe and PNW right now that are at 30-40% of normal for the season, it makes you feel lucky to live here where our bad isn’t nearly as bad as other places bad. In fact, LCC’s worst season is near the average snowfall for many of the resorts along the I-70 corridor of Colorado. Just an interesting comparison of numbers…