Digging Out

Monday, December 26, 2016 at 6:00 am


Yet another good storm for Utah! Impressive snowfall totals across the state.  Weather will turn a bit quieter this week with only brush-by systems.  Pattern could start to get active again after the New Year.


We are digging out now from this weekend’s storm.  Great skiing has been had on each of the last few days with likely plenty more good snow out there. Once again, I was struck by how great it was to see so many smiling faces out there in the pow.

Here is a look at the most recent snowfall totals from this storm by resort:

Resort Totals
Eagle Point 47″
Brian Head 38″
Powder Mountain 26″
Deer Valley 25″
Snowbird 25″
Snowbasin 24″
Park City 21″
Brighton 21″
Alta 20″
Solitude 19″
Sundance 13″

Obviously, this continued to help the snowpack.  Here are some preliminary numbers now from around the state compared to normal:

This is yesterday’s data still and some of these numbers might go up a bit with the addition of some more snow yesterday and last night.  Great news and the first time I’ve seen all blue colors on this map in a long while!

This week is mostly a break in the action.  We have a weak system that will brush northern Utah on Wednesday.  We could see a few snow showers from Cottonwoods north to the Idaho border.  Accumulations look to remain at an inch or two for most locations.  Inversions will be strengthening in the valleys.

Another break for Thursday and Friday.  The ridge will be amplifying off the west coast, this is going to allow for weak impulses to drop down the back side of the ridge next weekend.  This may interact with some moisture from a closed low coming up from Baja to provide us some snow showers.  Does not look significant at this time, but next weekend we could see some snow showers around for New Years.

Long Range:

Very little agreement in the models.  GFS has us continuing to see cold, weak systems drop down from the north.  Euro is a bit more optimistic with these systems picking up moisture from the Pacific next week.  We should at least continue to see chances for snow during the first week of January, but any details are impossible to pin down at this point.  We should cruise into 2017 with an above average snowpack.  Great news!


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One thought on “Digging Out

  1. Db

    From resorts not being able to open on time all the way to that SNOTEL map, id say there’s a lot to be thankful for this Christmas season.

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