A strong, moisture-laden storm will push through today into tonight bringing heavy snowfall to the high elevations. Best skiing will be on Sunday, but turns today should get better by the minute. Additional snow is likely later this week.
We’ve spent much of the past 24-hours in a relatively lull in precipitation. Don’t be fooled, so far many mountain locations have seen a healthy .5-1″ of liquid. Which has translated to 4-10″ of dense snow. The skiing yesterday was actually very, very good. It doesn’t take much of this snow for the crust below to disappear.
The heart of this storm is now beginning to enter the region and we should see snow getting heavier in the mountains as the day goes on. This snow should continue through tonight. You can see the HRRR models projected radar simulation through 10pm tonight:
It is showing nearly constant precipitation for northern Utah over the next 16 hours, and likely longer into early tomorrow morning.
Snow levels will be high, perhaps peaking later today above 7k feet. Don’t be too shocked if you see a bit of rain at the base of PC or Snowbasin today. Snow levels will drop tonight down below 6k feet as cooler air works its way into the region.
Total additional accumulations should be 10-20″, which means that the 10-30″ originally forecasted still looks on track for the most part. 10-15″ for Park City mountain regions. 15-25″ for the Cottonwoods, and isolated pockets of higher accumulations for the Northern Wasatch.
These might not seem like huge numbers, but the dense nature of this snow and overall water content will be extremely valuable.
A break in the action late Sunday thru early Tuesday. Then, it’s looking like later on Tuesday, we could see another stream of moisture funneling into the region. I’m not going to speculate too much at this point, but right now it looks like we could have periods of high elevation dense snow thru Thursday before a colder system pushes thru late in the week and ushers in much colder air. A good recipe to drop a base, then cover it with some fluffy powder.
Right now, it appears that we could see a break for a bit starting next weekend into much of the following week. Early indications are that we could see storms returning just prior to Christmas.