Yellow Snow

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:48 am


A weak system early Wednesday morning will bring a few mountain snow showers to Northern Utah.  Rapid warming for Thursday and Friday before a weak system pushes in on Saturday.  A stronger storm looking possible for Monday (3/14).


Yesterday was a lot of fun with bluebird conditions and fresh snow.  Felt good to ski relatively deep powder again.

Unfortunately, we haven’t had enough of these days over the past month and our snowpack has suffered from it.  We are now “in the yellow” for much of the Wasatch.  Even parts of Southern Utah that were once well above normal are now “in the yellow”:


Certainly not horrible numbers, especially when compared to the past four years…


Snowbird is a nice central point for the Wasatch and a good reflection on the area as a whole.  You can see that this year (dark blue line) is now at 93% of the median.  Luckily, we are still way above last year (green line) and even above each of the previous 4 years.

As for the forecast, a weak system Wednesday morning will bring a few snow showers.  Perhaps we could get an inch or two in spots to soften things up tomorrow.

On Thursday and Friday, a southwest flow ahead of the next trough will pull up lots of warm air. Very mild temps on the mountain until the next splitting, weak system pushes in on Saturday.  Another chance for a few high elevation snow showers (high snow levels), but accumulations look minimal.

For powder hounds, our hopes now are pinned to a system for Monday of next week.  This system looks stronger and colder.  Still far too early to get emotionally invested, but it’s something to watch as it could deliver decent accumulations if current model forecasts verify.



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