Pushing in

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:11 am


Storm moves in on Sunday with snow in the Wasatch thru Sunday night.  4-8″ with up to a foot in the Cottonwoods possible.  A break for middle of next week before more action next weekend.


Storm is pushing in right now in California with heavy snow likely to develop there late today into tonight.  You can see all the moisture being fed into the Northern part of the Golden State in this water vapor satellite loop from this morning:


Expect clouds today and increasing winds in Utah.  Could get quite windy tonight and these winds could carry over into Sunday which may be the biggest downside to Sunday skiing/riding.  It looks quite breezy, but it’s always hard to say whether it will be too much for ski resorts to handle.  Expect windy ridges, and perhaps even some wind holds early in the day on Sunday.   The snow will increase throughout the day and by afternoon, winds should subside quite a bit.  Best riding on Sunday should be in the afternoon.  So perhaps it’s a good day to relax early, see how bad the winds are, then maybe go up for an afternoon sesh.

As for snow amounts, no change to the forecast for the past few days.  I still think 4-8″ for most resorts with up to a foot (8-12″) for the Cottonwoods.   At least half of this should fall after lifts close on Sunday and the winds will calm down.  Almost certainly Monday morning will be your best bet for powder.  The second part of this system will be the parent low that will drop through California on Monday, this should bring a second round of snow to the Sierra, but it will miss Utah almost completely as it slides south into Mexico for spring break.

Weather for the middle part of the week should be mostly calm as the storm track moves back north of us temporarily.  We should get brushed by some moisture, so clouds and breezes are a possibility.

Both major forecast models show more active weather for next weekend but are significantly different on the details.  GFS shows two separate waves, one late Friday into Saturday and another on Sunday.  This would bring good snowfall to the Wasatch.  The EC is much more conservative and shows just one wave of energy on Saturday that would drop significantly less snowfall.  The latest (06z GFS) looks enticing, but I would advise caution to you model watchers out there not to get excited unless/until the Euro is on board.  Still, either way we get additional snowfall — so can’t complain too much.

Good to have storms again in the forecast!



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  • Yo

    My prediction is over foot for the upper cottonwoods. Bring it!

  • Kegfreak

    I’m out of town until the 22nd of March. Plan for lots of snow!

  • Tom Bennett

    High density creamy base to cushion the old crust, with fresh light fluff on top. I kinda like the sound of all this!

  • Steve Noufer

    I’m not liking NWS’s Discussion section’s talk about strong splitting with every storm in sight.

  • Chase Boss Carlisle

    Next week my wife and I are trying to chase this storm. We are debating between sun valley, targhee, big sky, and Bridger. Any advice on where the most snow will be?

    • Hugh Jass

      Maybe on a different site that doesn’t specifically FORECAST SNOW for the WASATCH range in Utah…

      • Chase Boss Carlisle

        Hahaha ok bud