Our storm is here with snow falling in the upper elevations through much of the day today (Tuesday). Snow levels will lower today and precip will turn more showery this afternoon into tonight and tomorrow morning. A break on Thursday before a bit more snow is possible late Friday and Saturday.
Valley rain and mountain snow has begun for most areas of the Wasatch. Rain currently falling at my house on the Sandy bench. Looking at surface temps, it looks like snow levels are generally around 7000 feet right now (6am). 1-2″ of snow so far for Cottonwood resorts. Areas farther north, as expected, saw snow develop earlier. 5″ showing already on the Snowbasin webcam:
Heavy snow at times is likely this morning. This afternoon, things will turn showery as the atmosphere de-stabilizes. Coupled with diurnal heating, we could get some convection out of the showers this afternoon. Don’t be surprised to hear a rumble of thunder. Orographics should keep snow going, particularly in places like the Cottonwoods. A weak trailing wave tomorrow morning could add a few more inches.
Overall, same forecast as before. 6-12″ above 8,000 feet with 10-16″ for the Cottonwoods. I think approximately half of that will fall before lifts close today and half of it tonight into tomorrow. As is often the case, the orographic environment is always a bit of a crapshoot. If it really gets going, there’s certainly a chance for higher totals.
Another system moves in Friday and Saturday. Nothing too impressive, but should be enough for occasional snow showers and a few inches of fresh to soften up the weekend.
Next week, models still flirting with the idea of a closed low cutting off in the Great Basin. Almost impossible to forecast, but we should have chances for additional snow at some point early next week.
I’ve got some powder skiing to do! Hope you do too! Enjoy!
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