Here We Go Again

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:18 am

Summary:

The final storm in the series will start to push into the region today with periods of snow continuing tonight thru Wednesday into Wednesday night.  Significant mountain snowfall accumulations are likely with several good powder days.

Details:

We are now finished with one storm and starting on the next.  It’s hard to tell the difference between the two because there was hardly any break overnight.  Our totals from the first storm ranged from 11-27″ at resorts in Northern Utah.  Most of this fell as very dense snow.  The bases of many resorts saw rain for periods, but all in all, the soaking wasn’t as bad as it could have been.  If you were able to stay out of the wind on Sunday, reports were that it skied fairly well.  And I rather enjoyed the creamy turns yesterday.  Not our typical storm, and definitely “sloppy”, but we knew that going in.

Now attention turns to our next storm.  We have colder air currently in place so snow levels are at most valley floors.  Moisture will increase across the mountains today with periods of snowfall.  Increasing southwest flow will warm temperatures again later today into tonight with snow levels rising to 6,000 feet or so.  We should see periods of snowfall continue thru tomorrow, then perhaps a period of heavier snowfall tomorrow afternoon as the cold front passes through.

You can see the simulated radar for today shows snow mostly light and staying in the mountains:

The best accumulations should hold off until at least tonight or tomorrow.  This is a long duration event so don’t expect these totals all at once, but we could see 1-2 FEET with up to 3 FEET in the highest elevations of the northern Wasatch.  While snow levels won’t be an issue with this storm, winds will be.  Expect gusty winds to continue today through tomorrow with the chance for wind holds and closures.

The low will eventually split a bit with a southern trajectory bringing some active weather to southern Utah Thursday and Friday while northern Utah dries out.  Then, we all clear out for the weekend with warming mountain temps (and valley inversions).

Long Range:

Definitely looks like our first extended break in a long time.  Right now, it looks like we stay dry until later next week (around the 19th).  After that, we should see the west coast get more active again, although it’s too far out for any details at this point.

WSF

January Totals 2-Jan 3-Jan 4-Jan 5-Jan 6-Jan 8-Jan 9-Jan 10-Jan Totals
Brighton 7 21 6 18 2 4 11 12 81
Solitude 10 28 4 15 0 1 8 10 76
Deer Valley 5 19 4 16 1 2 6 19 72
Sundance 1 20 3 22 3 5 9 6 69
Beaver Mtn 7 2 10 17 0 5 6 15 62
Snowbird 5 19 2 13 2 2 5 11 59
Alta 4 19 3 10 2 1 5 10 54
Powder Mtn 8 2 3 18 0 5 6 12 54
Park City 6 17 3 13 0 2 3 6 50
Snowbasin 8 2 7 11 0 3 6 8 45
Brian Head 1 0 0 2 12 2 0 5 22
Eagle Point 0 0 1 3 7 2 3 4 20





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13 thoughts on “Here We Go Again

  1. dhwilkerson

    In the last day or two, the publicly available forecasters have trended toward the snow machine turning off indefinitely. That would be a tragedy.

        1. Wasatch Snow Forecast

          Did you read the long range:

          “Definitely looks like our first extended break in a long time. Right now, it looks like we stay dry until later next week (around the 19th). After that, we should see the west coast get more active again, although it’s too far out for any details at this point.”

          1. Andrew

            Did I read the long range? My mornings for the last month have been spent obsessing over the long range. I took it to mean that the west coast could get active around the 19th, and then a little longer to hit Wasatch? Right at the end of my 17-21 trip. Tell me I’m wrong. Or is there someplace else in the country i should go that might do better for my dates? I know, it’s too far away still……

          2. Andrew

            Thanks man. Ill keep the faith. And I’ll hold off on booking flights for a couple more days I think.

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