What a storm!

Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:43 am

Summary:

Our storm met or exceeded expectations in every way.  Liquid totals were astounding.  Snowfall totals were impressive.  Skiing has been unreal!  Very cold air now in place for the weekend.  Refresher storms possible middle to late in the week.

Details:

What a great storm! It fulfilled both my weather nerd fantasies and my powder skier fantasies.  Couldn’t be happier! After Thursday nights warm air and heavy rain, things got crazy, as expected yesterday with the passage of the cold front.  The cold front itself was impressive to watch as it crossed the Wasatch Front, photo of which can be seen on our instagram feed (@wasatchsnowforecast).  There were lightning holds as the front went thru, but as mentioned yesterday, there was a good chance for that so you shouldn’t have been surprised.  Then, the afternoon got deeper by the second as the temperatures plummeted.  Alta-Collins picked up 8″ of snow in only about 3 hours.

Liquid totals were amazing for some areas.  Ben Lomond was over 5″ of liquid!  Aspen Grove and Provo Canyon also over 5″ of liquid.  Brighton Crest was over 4″ of liquid and 38″ of snow!  Snowfall totals everywhere were impressive, with the highest totals on the high elevations:

(Edit:  Left Solitutde off the list accidentally, they got 16″)

We’ll take a look at snowpack tomorrow, but I’m going to guess we are well above normal now across the board.

Today will be great.  Don’t overthink it.  Just go ski / ride.  You’ll be sure to get some great powder and openings will likely be staggered today so you can get freshies all day if you time openings of terrain just right.  Just be warned, temperatures are VERY COLD today and tomorrow.  Temps right now are close to 0F in the high elevations.  Bundle up!

I’ve already got my gear on, giddy with excitement to get up and ski more POW!

Visual Approximation of Author

Long range:

It looks like our next storm will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Doesn’t look strong by any means, but could be a nice refresher with a few inches of fluff.  Then, perhaps another storm around the 22nd-24th.  Models are in disagreement about timing and strength.  Overall, it seems coldish temps and fairly active as we head toward Christmas holiday.

WSF





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  • Marc Guido

    I can vouch for the “Visual Approximation of Author.”

  • Christine Grenney

    Awesome report, thanks Evan!

    It’s on.

  • LauraNorCal

    Hi Evan! Thank you as always for your most excellent updates. It’s so fun to read your enthusiasm through your posts. Question: the Tuesday storm you say will be on the light side. I’m trying to decide whether to drive from NorCal to PC on either Monday or Tuesday. Monday looks clear the entire way, but Tuesday shows snow showers in the PM. Will it be an afternoon storm or more into the evening?

    Enjoy your very well deserved Pow Day!!

    • Check out http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/wxloop.cgi?mm5d2_pcp1+//84/1 for a very good hour-by-hour forecast model, you can see where the storm will be each hour. Right now I-80 in Nevada looks to have light snow by Tuesday afternoon, moving into the Wasatch Front late afternoon into the evening.

      • LauraNorCal

        This is great! Thanks so much.

        • No problem. This WRF forecast model updates daily around 10am and 10pm, still the best overall forecast model I have found to date if you can only use one.