Wild and Quick

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:11 am


Very windy this morning.  Front moves thru late morning thru early afternoon with heavy snow likely for a short time.  Winds should calm with cooler temperatures late today.


Crazy overnight with gusty winds throughout Utah.  Moisture spread into the region overnight bringing rain and high elevation snow.  Accumulations seemed to be confined to areas above 8,000 feet.  Webcams show 2-3″ on the upper mountain at PowMow and Snowbasin.  Alta-Collins station showing 4″ of dense snow overnight.

We are now in a break before the front pushes through late this morning into the afternoon.  This is a fast-moving front and should bring only a few quick hours of snowfall.  You can see this front pass through on the HRRR simulated radar:


Skiing should be fun this afternoon in the Wasatch with free refills for a good portion of the middle-late part of the day.

Total accumulations should still be 4-8″ for the upper mountains.  The high elevations of the Cottonwoods will likely be in the 6-12″ range (as mentioned earlier, Alta already has seen 4″ up high).    Not a big storm, but certainly better than nothing.

In general, we quiet down again for the weekend.  Models have come around to an idea of system clipping the region on Monday into Monday night.  Could get a few inches of snow to soften up Tuesday skiing…  We’ll have to watch that.   We are still waiting for a more significant pattern change, the hope is that will occur sometime around the turn of the month.


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  • Justin Wehner

    Wind and ~50 degrees in PC all morning. Rain overnight. Lower elevations are getting nuked, and not in a good way.

  • Eric Hoffman

    Just went up to BCC and Solitude is closed out due to a power outage and Brighton has all lifts closed except Majestic. Wind is off the charts. Today was EJECT. Maybe next weeks storm will be a good one.

  • Jer

    Snowbird closed all lifts pretty early. Reports of trees falling over onto ski lifts. Wind is epic today. Abandon ship!

  • Eva Odland

    Looking at the GFS this afternoon I see a strong Arctic high pressure setting up over Canada on the 27th. If this holds in the coming days what are the implications for snow for UT and to the north? Also is this the negative phase of a Arctic Oscillation? If it happens?

  • Eric Roeloffs

    Is it snow or rain at Snowbird / Alta. The radar makes it look like rain – hoping for snow!

  • Brad K.

    Took this apocalyptic photo on I-80 as the storm was rolling in. Crazy day for weather.

  • Manuel Prieto

    Today was awesome at Basin, thanks for helping me get there at the right time!

  • Faceplant

    C’mon. A title like this and no one makes a mom joke?