Snow will develop this afternoon in northern Utah as the next system approaches. Snow densities will be higher and there could be more wind than we’ve seen with previous systems. Snow should end by Sunday morning. Next storm moves in Monday afternoon/evening.
Excellent ski conditions yesterday! Reports from all over the Wasatch of good conditions with conditions bordering on great in the Cottonwoods. The first two systems have gone as close to expected as I’ll ever see. Yesterday’s system was, in general, slightly stronger than Thursday’s. Totals between the two systems have ranged from 6″ to 18″ around the Wasatch, which is exactly what was expected. As I mentioned a couple days ago, these are weak systems, but we are milking them for all they’ve got. Sometimes frequent weak systems make for the best skiing.
Today, the next system is moving in. This one is pulling up a lot of moist air ahead of it. This moisture will allow for slightly denser snow than the blower pow we saw in the first two storms. There is also going to be more wind today. Could get quite gusty this afternoon and evening. In general, expect snow to develop this afternoon into this evening and should taper off by morning. 3-6″ with perhaps a touch more in the Cottonwoods seems like the best bet. Please note that this snow could very well be wind-blown, especially on the ridges. Backcountry skiers going out on Sunday, be aware of wind-loaded areas.
A break on Sunday into early Monday before Storm #4 approaches Monday afternoon and evening. Again, nothing too strong (perhaps 4-8″), but enough to offer yet another refresher that could make Tuesday a good day. A break Tuesday before another system moves in Tuesday night into Wednesday (again, this looks fairly weak).
So our parade of weak storms just keeps on going. It does appear we will have a more extended break from late Wednesday thru at least Friday. General trends would indicate that active weather will return as early as next weekend but details are vague at this point. Looking at the long range, I see the pattern becoming gradually more favorable for perhaps stronger storms to return by the end of the month. We’ll watch and see…