Generally quiet weather is settling into the region. A weak system will push through on Thursday with a few snow showers. Accumulations will be minimal, but we can’t rule out a few inches in a few spots. High pressure will keep us dry for most of the first half of February with warming temps next week. Here is a look at the strong high pressure forecast to be over the West early next week:
This is going to shunt all systems from the area for at least 10 days or so. There is a chance around February 13th or so of a system breaking through the weakening ridge — something to watch…. There are also signs of the pattern changing just after mid-month to one that may be more conducive for active weather….
Cold air + valley snow + super stable airmass = inversions and poor air quality.
Next week could be yucky.
Let’s hope that pattern change comes sooner than expected…. WSF
January, in general, was at or slightly above normal for most of Northern Utah. Similar to December, rather than seeing one or two major storms, we saw frequent smaller storms that made for many, many powder days. I’d say December and January were two of the best months we’ve had for powder skiing in Utah in a very long time. Because of this, we start February in the same place we started January… with every basin in the state reporting above the median snowpack:
A couple weeks ago I said that we were still close to last year in terms of snowpack numbers, but due to last year flatlining after mid-January, that we’d catch up and pass last year’s totals by the end of the month of January. Sure enough, we’ve done just that. Snowbird compared to last year:
At 104% of median, Snowbird’s snotel is already almost to the seasonal peak of last year’s snowpack.
Also at 104% of median, Brighton has already surpassed last year’s peak snowpack numbers.
Park City (Thaynes Canyon):
PC is at 102% of median and, like Brighton, is now above last season’s peak.
Ben Lomond (Snowbasin/PowMow):
Ben Lomond Peak up in the neighborhood of Snowbasin and PowMow is at 94% of median, but is already WAY ahead of last year’s peak snowpack numbers.
Timpanogos Divide (near Sundance):
Timp passed last year’s peak by Christmas and has not looked back. Now nearly doubling it.
Tony Grove Lake (Beaver Mountain):
Tony Grove is the only Wasatch location that still has a ways to go to catch last year, despite sitting at 104% currently. Which speaks more to the fact that last year wasn’t quite as bad way up north.
So now we know where we sit currently. While these numbers are not spectacular historically, they sure are a helluva lot better than last year. Plenty of snow to get us through this upcoming dry spell before active weather returns. Then we do what we do every spring in the Wasatch, ski more powder.