Fresh snow fell overnight for most Utah mountains with accumulations of up to 7″. More snow showers today, focusing on central and southern Utah. A moist flow will keep a chance of snow showers over northern Utah for much of the upcoming week.
A snowy morning today across most mountains of Utah. Here is a look at Park City on this fine morning:
The flow was out of the south last night. I looked at the radar before going to sleep and was pleasantly surprised to see as much action as I did over the Wasatch, which gave me high hopes for getting some respectable snow accumulations. I even made a 10:30 pm update which some may have seen.
Very difficult to get exact readings this time of year, but based on Brighton’s report of 7″ and the Alta-Collins sensor showing 6-7″, I’d say that’s about right for the Cottonwoods. 5-6″ in town in PC (and still coming down hard) with hopefully a touch more on the hill. Powder Mountain, however, is reporting 5″. Sundance, which does well in a south/southwest flow like last night got at least 6″. Looks like even more up top! Brian Head’s nearby snotel would suggest at least 6-7″.
All in all, not bad. Again, please comment with additional reports if you have them.
The forecast now is that the low pressure center will be moving east today through southern Colorado. Our surface flow is currently out of east (which is helping the Wasatch Back get some snow), but should slowly turn northerly or northwesterly as the day goes on and that low moves farther away. I’d expect some snow showers to continue for much of the day, mostly in the mountains — with central and southern Utah favored. An additional few inches is likely. The forecast coming in to this storm was 3-6″ for the Wasatch with 5-10″ in favored locations and 6-12″ in central/southern Utah… Looks like we should be good for those totals, maybe even on the high end of most. So no complaints whatsoever!
Later this week, we have a mostly zonal flow with moisture to our north. We should be close enough for some of this moisture advection to bring mountain snow showers — mostly north of I-80. These snow showers will be off and on Wednesday thru Friday. Right now, models are still struggling in the long range. But it looks like the weekend will mostly be a break in the action. The EC, the GEM, and to a lesser extent the GFS, all show a trough affecting the region before Thanksgiving. Many resorts are opening later this week. Powder next week? Cross your fingers!