White Coat

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:18 am


Our quick-hitting storm pushed the cold front through late yesterday evening.  A blanket of snow now covers the Wasatch and even the valleys. Coldest air of the season thus far.  A chance for additional storms next week.


Woke up this morning to about 2 inches of snow at my place on the Sandy bench.  Looks like the upper elevations of the Wasatch are in the 2-5″ range so far this morning. Really hard to get accurate readings without ski resorts reporting.  Should get additional snow showers throughout the day to help us get to the forecast 4-8″ totals.  Obviously not a huge storm by any means, but still a welcome change.

Perhaps the biggest benefit is we should have 48 hours of continuous snowmaking on the upper mountain with these colder temperatures.  Temps will eventually warm by the weekend, so we may have to resort to nocturnal snowmaking, but still a better scenario than we’ve been seeing.

There is a lake effect band this morning. It is rather disorganized, and due to the orientation of the surface winds, it is dropping moderate to heavy snow on the Oquirrh range west of Salt Lake Valley rather than the Wasatch.

Our next storm is the splitting system we’ve been talking about. This is going to take most of its energy south.  Arizona should see heavy rain and high elevation snowfall early next week.  In Utah, we could get in on some of the scraps on Monday, but I wouldn’t expect much more than a few mountain snow showers at this point.  Finally, we’ll have a chance for another storm as we head into Thanksgiving Day next Thursday.  Too early for any details, but at this point it looks like we should have another shot at snowfall and colder air.  I’m not sure we’ll be able to get anything open by Thanksgiving Day, but the hope would be that by that weekend (November 26-27), we could combine man-made snow with some natural snow and get at least a few runs open at a few of the resorts.  We’ll see…

Long range:

It looks like another chance for a storm will come for the last few days of the month (November 28-30).  After that, models generally continue a pattern conducive for unsettled weather. This is good news.  Eventually one or two of these storms will really work out and we’ll get some more significant snowfall.

Just wanted to share this photo posted by Snowbird on their social media accounts yesterday.  The view from Hidden Peak Wednesday evening before the storm rolled in:




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5 thoughts on “White Coat

  1. Db

    where do you view the ECMWF forecasts? Is there an animation like the GFS? I like watching the movie of the GFS…. fun stuff.

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