Weird Wasatch Wednesday

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 6:28 am


Fresh snow coats the mountains (and even valleys) of Utah this morning.  Storm totals were in the expected range and we could see a few more snow showers this morning before we clear out.  A break Thursday before another storm clips the region on Friday and Saturday with additional (mostly light) accumulations possible.  Active weather likely next week to close out the month.


March continues to deliver the goods to Utah with our third good storm in as many weeks.  Totals this morning are exactly in line with the forecast.  Generally resorts outside the Cottonwoods were in the 5-13″ range.  Even Brian Head down south is reporting 10″ of fresh.  For the Cottonwoods, orographics helped deliver storm totals in the 12-17″ range.  Still a few snow showers around so it’s not impossible for another inch or two.  No complaints about this storm.  I skied yesterday morning and the snow was dense early on, but it was a good type of dense I like to call “buttery and delicious”:


As expected, the snow lightened up considerably behind the cold front, so no butter out there today.  Just faceshots for all!


Thursday will be a break day.  Another storm is moving in for Friday into Saturday.  This storm has meager moisture and is only really clipping northern Utah, so I’m not expecting a lot from it.  Still I think 3-6″ is possible with perhaps a bit more for favored locations.

Another storm looks likely for late Monday into Tuesday of next week but there are some major model differences so we’ll wait a couple more days before we get into any details.

You can see these two upcoming storms well on the NAEFS graph:


Time for me to get ready to ski powder again.  Hope you all have a great time out there today!


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  • Mike Smith

    You’re right. That was weird. I like it. See you up there

  • NoSnowDownLow

    I noticed on the radar last night, around 10-11pm – there was a distinct band of snow in a straight exit path from the great salt lake… looked like a lake-effect band? I presume that coupled with orographics up into the cottonwoods may have helped the snow keep falling through the night? I imagine it is nice and soft up there this morning.
    I travel to England this weekend, for a couple of weeks… so by the time I’m back, I am looking forward to putting the jacket and boots away away and getting out the shorts, flip-flops and mountain bike (I obviously don’t ride the bike in flip-flops, that would just be daft).

    • It would be “daft”, eh? You’re either a limey or you’re just practicing for your trip 😉

    • yes, that was absolutely a lake effect band. not sure it helped the Cottonwoods much as it was mostly over the Oquirrhs, but you’re spot on with your observation.

      • NoSnowDownLow

        I wasn’t sure if Cottonwoods got much from it. It did seem to be running past to the West of Traverse Mountain last night. Shame there’s no resorts up there in the Oquirrhs to benefit!
        As for “daft”… Your reply made me chuckle. I am indeed a “limey”. I moved here in 2013. Trip back to the “homeland” is business. I do need to stop using “awesome” and telling people to “have a great day” though, otherwise I may be ridiculed… heheh

  • Matthew Moher

    Park City = LIARS! there is not 9″ in 24 hrs

    • Dirty Mike n da boyz

      Try canyons side was watching snow stake the end totals seemed accurate

    • Dylan Foster

      Yes, very disappointed. It was definitely more like 2″, though it was hard to tell since they groomed almost every run overnight. Anything with fresh snow had so much ice it was tough to ski any of it :/

  • Jer

    Got first tracks today up at Snowbird. Easily 14-16″ of freshies up top. Unreal. Did 3 runs and now I’m back at work 🙁

    • Tom Bennett

      Agreed. Deep off the traverses and even fat lower mountain.

      Complete anarchy at the Cirque. About 100+ people waiting for the rope drop on the entrances off Regulator. I went by twice, don’t like waiting for ropes so vectored off onto the runs back down to Little Cloud (deep and fun). Came back up a third time, the crowd was really amping hard….suddenly four guys come down from above, totally poaching into the traverse. The whole crowd goes nuts, literally tears down the ropes and charges into the traverses. Patrol shows up five minutes later, steaming, swearing, etc.

      Can’t say I blame them, and it’s a bad development if it continues (although full disclosure, I did shrug and follow once the crowd was through). But kind of amusing to watch mob rule.

      • Andre

        any soft areas for tomorrow? how is catherines?