Nowcasting

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 6:08 am

Summary:

After a wet and wild night, the cold front is pushing in this morning with heavy snow likely for several hours.  Rapid accumulations likely.  Clearing by late this afternoon.  A strong storm will push into Southern Utah late Sunday into Monday.

Details:

Moisture moved in yesterday afternoon as expected…. Snow initially fell down as low as 6,000 feet but as the lower levels mixed we saw them shoot up to above 7,000 feet in places.  It looks like the bases of Cottonwoods resorts stayed as snow throughout, but the base of PC was not so lucky and saw periods of heavy rain overnight.  Snow levels have crashed now and I have a dusting of snow at my place at 4600′ in the Salt Lake Valley and currently snowing.

The heaviest snowfall overnight seemed to be north of SLC.  Snowbasin and PowMow have 6-7″ as of 5:45am and those amounts should be increasingly quickly as heavy snow is falling.  I would guess they will have a foot or more by opening at 9am.  You can see Beaver has also been getting snow (Logan Canyon Summit):

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Beaver Mountain reporting 5″ overnight.

Cottonwoods reporting 5-6″.  Alta Collins shows 5″ of new snow from .89″ of liquid.  Very dense and creamy.  Park City/Deer Valley is reporting 4-5″ so far, although that is likely only on the upper mountain.

Don’t worry, the heaviest stuff is still on the way…

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All of that is going to slowly sag south over the morning hours.  Heavy snow is likely for all elevations this morning.  I would expect at least another 6-12″ in the high mountains before this wraps up.   Free refills all morning and hopefully into the afternoon!   We should clear up this evening.

A strong storm will then take aim at Southern Utah late Sunday and Monday.  Might be worth a trip.  NWS says the following for Brian Head:

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...THROUGH TONIGHT... 2 TO 6 INCHES. FOR THE
  SECOND STORM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT...1 TO 3 FEET
  WITH LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS.

In general, we dry out and ridge up for the latter half of the upcoming week.

WSF





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  • George Fett

    Most of this is either what has happened or what you believe will happen. So I think labeling your page Nowcasting is a bit misleading. 🙂
    sincerely,
    George

    • Christian Theodosis

      uh, seriously ?

  • Jim

    Not a very impressive storm given how much water precip was forecast. Alta collins reporting 1.6″ water or 13″ of snow (8:1 ratio) as of 4pm…not quite the 2″ plus most models had. Any idea what dynamics were off with this storm.

  • Tom Bennett

    Only had time for a mid-day Canyons session. Good but not great, heavier and tracked but stashes were mostly good. Deschutes was knee deep at the top and scrapy at the bottom, altitude definitely your wingman today.

    No complaining at all, just reporting it as I saw it 😉

  • Mattypowpow

    Deer valley was crusty underneath on the lower half of the mountain. Although, empire was very nice with at least 6″ of fresh by mid morning. Daly laps were fantastic! Jim, I wanted to ask what you think February might have in store for us??

  • Dirty Mike n da boyz

    Was at canyons this morning till about 1:30. Was an amazing day fairly deep powder off dreamcatcher and tombstone loved it.