Weak-end Storms

Friday, January 15, 2016 at 6:38 am


Our second weak storm in two days is pushing through this morning.  Another break this afternoon thru Saturday morning before the next storm pushes in late Saturday into Saturday night.


Our next storm pushed in after midnight and we saw a few hours of fairly heavy snow in some areas.  Resorts in northern Utah have seen 3-8″ so far overnight.  When you add that to what fell yesterday morning, 36-hour totals are 6-10″ for Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, 3-5″ for Park City, 10-13″ for LCC and BCC.   Here is Snowbird’s snowstake showing totals from yesterday and today:

0115_snowcamYesterday was fun, if not super deep.  Today should be more of the same.  Snow showers will generally wind down through the day with a couple inches additional accumulation possible.  Brian Head could see heavier snow linger later in the day as the system has pushed its best energy south.

A break this afternoon through most of Saturday.  Late Saturday afternoon we should see precip start again.  Snow levels are going to rise off valley floors and up to 5500-6000 feet.  That means snow at resort levels will be a bit denser.  Again, not a huge storm.  My best guess would be similar accumulations to what we saw out of each of these first two waves.  3-6″ with perhaps a bit more for the Cottonwoods.  Enough to make Sunday fun.  The backcountry is getting progressively deeper, although with denser snow falling on top, it is important to check with UAC before venturing out this weekend.

Another break Sunday and most of Monday, right now it looks like active weather is again possible late Monday into Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday, although models have really struggled with any details.  At this point, it again does not look overly significant, most likely another weak wave of energy or two.

Enjoy the fresh snow!


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  • Andrew Ballard

    Headed up to Solitude now. 13″. I’ll report back.

    • Erock

      How was?

      • Andrew Ballard

        Without getting too negative, we rode Solitude for an hour and then drove two hours to Powder Mountain. Rode there from 1-4:30. Powder Mountain is magic.

        • Nick P

          Powder Mountain is Utah’s best kept secret. Nothing better than two parking lots full of vehicles and only waiting 8-10 chairs.

  • Fred

    Yup looks like Solitude and Alta reporting 12+ the last 24!!

  • Steve Noufer

    Any thoughts on longer term 7-15 days out? GFS model runs seem to be trending drier.

    • Jim

      just my thoughts but it seems that the GFS has been very unreliable lately… maybe it’s having trouble with such a strong el nino…don’t know. Even the 5-10 day forecast has been poor so looking out 384 hours is almost pointless (but I love to do it anyway). It changes so much every run.

    • Jim is right… do not trust anything in the GFS past about 5 days… performing very poorly. At this point it looks fairly active with the trough still lingering off the pacific coast. If it pushes inland, it could mean more good storms. If it stays off shore, it could mean ridging. I think active is more likely.

  • Liz

    I second that question as we’ll be in SLC on Jan. 27-31. Of course I know better than to expect something reliable that far ahead. Plus it’s not like we can change our dates so really, it’s more about managing our expectations and knowing which skis to bring!

  • Chad Niel

    I don’t know what snowbird is reporting but the upper mountain is knee deep and sooooooooooooooooooooo delicious.

  • NoSnowDownLow

    5100ft on Traverse Mountain (south side), there was 2-3″ of fresh Pow this morning that needed shoveling off the driveway.
    Good news that the resorts got some decent amounts and that they’ll continue through the weekend, particularly good if snow levels rise above my house so I don’t have to break out the shovel again!
    I have lived here since start of 2013 and I don’t think I’ve seen such frequent snow storms. I know only a short period of time but it certainly seems snowier this season to me. I may even get to see what an “average of 500 inches” looks like.

  • Ross Zeifman

    Where you skiing tomorrow? Let’s take some runs.

    • Ross Zeifman

      Will buy lift tickets.

    • Me? I ski where the most snow is… tomorrow? Who knows!

  • Today was pretty rad at Beaver Mtn! THANKS for all your hard work and all of your weather geekiness! It is much appreciated!