Quiet and cold weather today will gradually warm up through the week. Systems will attempt to break through the ridge. Model trends are for these systems to gradually have more success bringing moisture into Utah. That means mountain snow could be back as early as Thursday.
What a weekend! It wasn’t exactly deep powder, although you could find some deep stashes in places, but what made this past weekend so great was just the staggering beauty on display. Moist low levels that brought clouds funneling up the canyons and over the ridges. These moisture-laden clouds carried perfect little snowflakes that literally made the air sparkle. The snow was also super adhesive which covered every square inch of many of the trees in white. To top it off, above the clouds it was the clearest bluebird I’ve seen in a long time. Of course, the excellent ski conditions was the cherry on top.
Check out this timelapse from the top of Hidden Peak (Snowbird) yesterday looking down the canyon:
And still frames of the sunset as seen from Hidden Peak and Great Western (Brighton) respectively:
Spectacular, eh? I had such a great time looking at just these webcam images after I got home from skiing yesterday, that I decided to drive back up the canyon to get some shots of the stars, the clouds and the snow. When I got up to Alta, the clouds had us socked in. We almost turned around but we saw a few stars peaking out to the east over Catherine’s Pass and decided to wait to see if it cleared at all. Within 5 minutes, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Got some great photos, here is just one of many:
Ok… now that we’ve had story time and some eye candy, let’s get to the forecast…
Good news! Yesterday’s post was titled “Something to Watch”, and it’s no coincidence, as the model trends have continued to portray a scenario in which systems have a bit more luck pushing moisture in from the Pacific and into Utah. The GFS is significantly more bullish than the EC, but both models would bring a system through on Thursday with a trailing push of moisture on Friday. Then, another system would move in for later into the weekend. Long range models hint that this type of active pattern could continue in the long range, perhaps getting even more active toward the end of the month. Of course, it is extremely early and much of this is speculation. What does seem clear is that we will have just a short break in the action early this week before we get back to it — shaping up much better than January of last year so far…
I am going to give models one more day to iron out the details as this is still a relatively new solution. Tomorrow morning we will dive into the details of what we can expect.
P.S. We love you Bowie!