Another storm winding down this morning in Northern Utah. Snow will continue today into tonight for Southern Utah. A break Friday and Saturday before a very strong/wet/windy storm brings heavy rain and high mountain snow to Utah Sunday thru Tuesday. Additional storm likely beyond that.
We are wrapping up another storm this morning in Northern Utah. This storm brought 10-30″ of snow to Wasatch resorts. The northern Wasatch was the big winner. The warm advection boundary setup farther north on Tuesday night and pounded Ogden north to Cache Valley. Beaver Mountain had an extremely deep day yesterday, and storm totals up there were likely close to 30″. Because this boundary setup farther north, the central Wasatch (Cottonwoods/PC) didn’t see consistent heavy snow until yesterday evening when it pushed south. Snow also ended a bit sooner than models were forecasting just a couple days ago. Still almost everybody ended up in the 1-2 feet forecast range, just generally on the lower end with a few notable exception such as Beaver. Sundance also reporting some big numbers, which is a bit unexpected. Today should offer great ski conditions throughout.
We are now into a break period that will last thru Saturday. Models have been showing moisture increasing earlier, which means more clouds on Saturday so unfortunately if you were hoping for sunny skies, you’ll probably have to get those on Friday as we should cloud up on Saturday. It also means that we could see some mountain snow begin as early as late Saturday night.
Sunday looks like rain will develop in the lower elevations with snow levels rising. Sunday morning we could see snow levels at 7,000 feet and these could rise to, or even briefly above 8,000 feet, on Sunday evening. Then they should fall gradually on Monday back down to 7,000 feet or lower. The reason for the high snow levels is that this system is tapping into moisture from the sub-tropics in true AR fashion:
That means that the base of several resorts could see an extended period of rain from Sunday thru Monday before snow levels fall later Monday into Monday night. Snow in the highest elevations will be significant. Models have remained consistent showing 2-4″ of liquid for the high Wasatch. That could mean 20-40″ of dense snowfall between Sunday morning and Tuesday.
As for skiing/riding during this time. It’s not your typical Utah storm. It will be wet (potentially rainy) and very windy. I’m not saying it won’t be fun, just be prepared for atypical conditions. Avalanche danger should also be through the roof so please consult the UAC before venturing out-of-bounds.
If that weren’t enough, we will have a good chance for another system on this one’s heels. There is some model disagreement. But Tuesday night thru Friday of next week looks active. Again, snow levels should be relatively high, but probably not as high as we will see with the first storm.
Didn’t look beyond the end of the next week. Sorry. Too much going on over the next 7 days to worry too much about that far out. A good problem to have…
An updated look at totals….
Note: These are the totals reported by the resorts that I grab each morning. These totals frequently get revised later in the morning so they may not exactly match what you see on the resort’s page later in the day. I’ve tried to update them to be as accurate as possible.