A very snowy last two weeks has come to a close. Utah will now see bluebird conditions for the rest of the weekend. A chance for a few snow showers midweek, but our next significant snow looks to wait until 2016.
Snow totals over the last week have been impressive. Yesterday’s final trailing system generally favored areas south of SLC with Brian Head in Southern Utah seeing the highest totals (29″ storm total). Sundance saw 17″ and the valleys of Utah county saw close to a foot in places in the valleys. By popular demand, here is a look at totals since last Sunday:
Now, the forecast turns much quieter as ridging takes control. We’ll see a weak system try to bring moisture to the region Tuesday and Wednesday of the upcoming week. Perhaps some light accumulations, but almost certainly nothing significant. In general, the upcoming pattern favors ridging into the New Year and first week of January. There is some suggestion in the models that we may be transitioning to a more “classic” El Nino pattern with a strong southern jet. A good chance we won’t see any significant snowfall for at least 10+ days.
After this last storm cycle, Utah’s snowpack numbers are significantly improved. Here is the state as a whole:
All basins are now above the median snowpack! Highest numbers are in Southern Utah with at or near normal in Northern Utah.