Weekend Warriors

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 8:07 am


Snow will develop this afternoon and continue at times overnight into Sunday morning.  Not a huge storm, but enough snow for some powder turns on Sunday.  A break for the work week as high pressure dominates.  Active weather looks to return next weekend.


Not much change in the forecast.  Models have been remarkably consistent over the past few weeks, which makes things easier as a forecaster.  Moisture will spread into the area starting this afternoon.  Locations favored in SW flow could get in on the best action first this afternoon.  Snow levels will initially be higher (5500-6000 ft), but should lower overnight as the cold front passes through — dropping down to valley floors.  The timing of this storm is good for a Sunday powder day.  Get up early, ski powder, then you can come home and watch football.

Here is the NAM-WRF 4km output for snowfall for this storm:


Heaviest amounts for the central Wasatch as well as the mountains of central Utah.   Overall, I think 4-8″ for most mountains with 6-12″ for the Cottonwoods.

We should clear out by Monday.  Warming trend continues into the week with high pressure in control.  Late in the work week, the ridge will start to flatten and a trough will start dropping in out of the northwest.  Looks like precip could arrive by next Saturday into Sunday.  Too early to know exact strength of this system, but more weekend powder looks like a good possibility.  Hopefully active weather will continue through the first week of February.



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9 thoughts on “Weekend Warriors

    1. Spank Tickleman

      The western US has had less than stellar winters for about 4 years prior to this season. Just glad to see everyone finally getting hit!

      1. John Acquavella

        Yeah. Nothing great since the 2010 – 2011 season. This season looking good though for you guys.

        1. Spank Tickleman

          I’ve already had to dig my sled(snowmobile) out of a 5′ deep trench… I’d say that’s definitely a good sign for January!

      1. John Acquavella

        It’s amazing. Utah resorts get more snow in a week than where I live all year. Can’t wait till March to hit Snowbird again.

  1. Dustin Powda Dreama

    You may have been asked this before; Do you watch the surf forecast for Hawaii? because we are in for a beast swell on Wednesday. I can’t wait to see how it delivers to you in SLC! Thanks for all the good forcasting(even if it’s just a pipe dream for me this year lol)!

  2. Steve Noufer

    Any thoughts on Pow Mow for tomorrow? Seems like forecast is better mountains south of ogden area.

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