Active Weather returns

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 6:52 am

Saturday update:

Not much has changed since Thursday’s forecast.  A bit of snow overnight with 2″ reported at Alta.  Snow will increase again this afternoon with another 3-6″ likely.  Overall, the 5-10″ forecast from Thursday’s discussion still looks good.

Next storm pushes in Monday into Tuesday with off and on snow likely for the high elevations.  Could see another 5-10″ during this period.  Additional active weather is possible for later next week.    I know some of you are ready for consistent, nice weather, but trust me, there will be plenty of time for that.   Right now, we need all the additional moisture we can get.  WSF



Gorgeous Spring weather will be replaced with an active pattern as valley rain and high elevation snow showers return.  We’re not done yet.


Very nice weather yesterday (Wednesday) and again today (Thursday).  SLC airport hit 76 yesterday and could flirt with 80 both today and tomorrow.  Winds will pick up on Friday ahead of our next system as the pattern flips back to active.  Valley rain and high elevation snow should develop Saturday morning and continue through much of the day, perhaps bleeding over into Saturday night.  Sunday looks like a bit of a break.

Then, a trailing system will push thru the area late Monday into early Tuesday.  By this time, only Gad Valley, Little Cloud, and Mineral will be open in the Wasatch.  So you might want to consider earning your turns next week if you don’t have a Bird pass.

Each of these two systems are modest, but this time of year it becomes increasingly difficult to get strong storms.  Right now, NAEFS member show the following:

Univ of Utah

Univ of Utah

You can see each of the two systems.  It looks like about .5-1.0″ of liquid with each system for the Upper Cottonwoods.  This time of year, that generally means 5-10″ with each wave. I’d expect 3-6″ with each system elsewhere in the Wasatch above 8k feet.  As for when you’ll find the best turns, I’d say late Saturday, early Sunday and Tuesday look to be your best bets.

I’m in the process of transitioning away from skiing to mountain biking, but I’m still willing to chase powder if it’s around.  Something tells me most of you won’t pass up a powder day either.



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