More snow this morning! A trailing wave of energy will bring low density snow today to Northern Utah on top of the impressive totals we have already seen. A break on Thursday before a weaker system moves in Thursday night into Friday with generally light accumulations. High pressure will take control for the weekend with mostly clear and warmer mountain conditions.
Snow continued to fall after yesterday morning’s reports at most resorts. By evening, the snowfall turned showery and continued off and on overnight. Our next wave is just right now moving into the area currently (5:45am). Snow should continue for much of this morning and likely this afternoon, especially in areas favored by northwest flow (Cottonwoods). Should be an absolutely great day today with an additional 4-8″ with 6-12″ for LCC/BCC.
Looking at the snowfall totals since Sunday, my reaction is basically this….
Definitely amazed! Definitely ecstatic! We’ve been waiting for a big storm like this in Northern Utah for a long time. Here is a look at our updated table of totals as reported by ski resorts:
Huge totals! Solitude and Brighton should climb over the 5 feet mark in total snowfall since Sunday morning. Sundance has had phenomenal totals as well, with a neighboring station showing more than 5.5″ of liquid! Incredible! Again, more snow today should boost these numbers a bit before all is said and done.
After our snow today, we should clear out tonight into Thursday. Another system will drop down the west coast and move inland. This system is much more progressive in the GFS and moves east more quickly. In the EC and the NAM, it closes off and stays consolidated as it tracks mostly to our south. Eventually, it should lift through the area on Christmas Day, but it is not a favorable set up for snowfall for most of Northern Utah. Southern Utah mountains could do well with 6-12″, but at this point I think Northern Utah will only get light (< 5″) accumulation unless models come into agreement on the more progressive solution. Still, nice to have a bit of new snow on Christmas Day, eh?
High pressure will finally take control again for the weekend. Next week it looks like we’ll generally be under the control of high pressure, but systems are going to be trying to punch through the ridge. Models are not in good agreement on how much success these systems will have. I’d guess that if any do manage to make it into the region, they will be significantly weakened. Long range models are hinting at active weather returning sometime around the second week of January.
Some of the snotel data is not totally up-to-date quite yet, so I’m going to wait until tomorrow before I go into detail regarding the snowpack. It does look like most locations have shot up to near, or even just above normal.