A band of wrap around moisture brought snowfall to the region overnight last night with the highest totals focused on Park City and the Cottonwoods. Light snow showers will continue at times today. Generally drier this weekend as high pressure weakens storms moving in off the Pacific.
Yesterday morning we talked about how generally most areas would see 1-3″ on Thursday night, however, if banding developed over a localized area, that area could see more. Luckily, a band of snow yesterday evening developed right over the PC/Cottonwoods area. It didn’t hold together as long as I hoped, but still dropped 5-6″ at most resorts. Check out Park City snow stake:
Of course, the pad has been cleared already. I’ll never understand why PC clears their snow stake in the early morning before most people are even awake to see it. Luckily we can watch the timelapse to know what happened before they cleared the pad.
Snow showers will continue today, mostly light with minimal additional accumulation. General clearing into this weekend. A storm system is entering the west coast on Saturday but will likely weaken considerably as it moves east. That should be the theme for the next 10+ days. A large trough off the west coast with high pressure over the central continental U.S. That means that any storm energy that gets ejected east out of the trough is going to hit the west coast the hardest, then weaken as it moves east. Right now, the GFS and the EC both have a system for later next week (Friday 1/15) holding its strength enough to perhaps give us modest precipitation, but it is still a week away and I would not be surprised to see models evolve a different solution.
I wish I could tell you this pattern was going to change soon but everything I see in the models show it sticking around for at least two weeks. This is just the beginning of a strongly influenced El Nino pattern. The hope is that as Nino’s influence continues to grow on our weather patterns, the storm track will be able to better penetrate east into the interior west. The CFS seasonal model shows an increasingly wet pattern over the next 40 days:
My gut tells me that toward the end of January we may see some stronger storms again. February could be very active. I guess all we can do is hope this is the case.
Enjoy the freshies out there today!
P.S. I heard that conditions in many locations were very good yesterday. Great reports out of Snowbasin and the Cottonwoods that the snow was creamy and velvety and skied deeper than what was reported. I went to Sundance and it was awesome with a foot of dense snow. Fun times!