A fairly weak system will clip Northern Utah on Monday. Snow showers likely with several inches accumulation possible. Should allow for some good skiing late Monday and/or early Tuesday. Ridge then strengthens and carries us through the rest of the week with warm and dry conditions.
Perhaps we’re not having the February we were all hoping for, but yesterday sure was fun. I spent my day at Powder Mountain. A very weak disturbance dropped a couple additional inches before opening. When we arrived it was still snowing with poor visibility. Within two hours, all clouds had moved out and it was bluebird the rest of the day. Those extra couple inches on top of the 10″ they received on Thursday made for some good skiing. Let’s just say I didn’t have too work hard to find long untracked lines:
On Monday, another disturbance will push through Northern Utah. This one should be strong enough to bring at least minor accumulations to most mountains. Latest models showing anywhere from .2″ of QPF to .7″. I think the best forecast is 1-4″ of snow for most mountains on Monday into Monday evening. Cottonwoods could get a little extra in the NW flow behind the cold front, maybe 4-8″ for them. The timing right now looks like the best snow will fall Monday afternoon. It’s a tough call whether the best bet for soft turns will be late on Monday or early Tuesday. Not a huge storm, but certainly better than nothing!
After that, Ridge City returns for the rest of the week with warm temps and no chances for snow. That will carry us at least through Saturday. You can see the mega ridge over west coast in this image for Friday, Feb 26:
Beyond that, there have been hints at a system trying to push into the area February 28/29, but at this time any details are vague.
Ridging is nobody’s friend and of course we all hope it will head out sooner rather than later. At the point, however, we can at least be thankful we are getting a few of these weak storms from time to time to keep us somewhat entertained while we wait for real powder to return.