Friday PM update:
Latest NAM continues to be very optimistic for snowfall in the Cottonwoods. Also, slight shift for more snow during the morning hours Saturday rather than Saturday evening. This could mean Saturday may be the better bet from a ski standpoint. Why risk missing the goods? Go both days!
Snowbird will be the final resort in Utah to close this weekend. Right on cue, Mother Nature is delivering.
Today (Friday) we will see afternoon showers and isolated thunderstorms once again. Snow levels this afternoon will be up near 9,000 feet.
On Saturday, the low will move up into Southern Utah and push copious moisture north into the Wasatch and Uintas. Rain in the valleys with snow above 6,500 feet or so. Significant accumulations (especially for May) are possible. The latest 06z 12km NAM model showing the following projection of accumulations for the Upper Cottonwoods:
Optimistic totals there from the NAM…. Personally, I think totals in the 6-12″ range are more likely for Snowbird from this storm, although clearly this is a chance for more if things go our way.
As for which day this weekend will be best, Saturday will be a storm day, but the resort closes early this time of year — so there may only be a few inches on the ground by 2pm Saturday. Sunday skiers will have the benefit of totals all Saturday afternoon and overnight. So I think first chair on Sunday (first tram is 8am) is the way to go. It’ll be a fun closing day!