Weak, Strong, Bonkers

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 6:07 am


Another incredible storm is winding down, although an unstable northwest flow will keep occasional snow showers going through Wednesday.  Deep powder conditions abound in Northern Utah.  High pressure takes control by the weekend to dry us out and warm us up considerably for the end of the month.  More active pattern could return again during first week of February.


Wow! Yesterday was absolutely incredible.  Of course, that’s if you could get to your destination.  LCC saw too much of a good thing and 40 avalanches (7 of which crossed the road) were triggered by UDOT.  This caused 210 up to Snowbird and Alta to be closed for most of the day.  Could be closed for much of this morning as well.  I know it’s frustrating, but this work is to keep us all safe.  If you were able to make it to the mountain in BCC or Park City or even Snowbasin, you were in for a treat as it was one of the best days in recent memory — at least in my opinion.  Snowing so hard that it filled in much of the tracks every trip up the lift.

Downtown Park City saw heavy snow as well for most of the day yesterday and the photos coming in from up there are absurd.  In general, the central Wasatch saw 15-30″ of new snow just since yesterday morning.  Remember the “weak, weak, strong” forecast for these three storms?  Well they seem to have gone, “weak, strong, bonkers” instead.  Because of the LCC closure and a few wind holds on some upper elevation lifts, today will hold plenty of deep powder for you if you missed yesterday.

The other good news is that we will continue to see occasional snow showers today and tomorrow as weak waves ripple into the region thanks to an unstable northwesterly flow.  Don’t expect much additional accumulations, but places like the Cottonwoods could certainly see a few inches with each wave.  The NAM currently depicts an additional 8″ of snow for the Upper Cottonwoods by the end of the day tomorrow:

Univ of Utah

We’ll start to clear out and warm up late in the work week and by the weekend we should see warm conditions on the mountain. Valleys will become inverted, so it will be a good weekend to get some vitamin D on the hill and enjoy all the fresh snow.

Long Range:

Dry weather continues under high pressure through at least the middle of next week.  A large trough of low pressure will develop in the Gulf of Alaska and gradually push east during the first week of February.  We could start to see active weather again developing but at this point it’s difficult to pinpoint.  Hoping to have a much better handle on when exactly active weather returns in the next few days.


P.S.  At last look, UPD says LCC opening is scheduled for “9am or after”.  Powder Mountain is closed for the day today (Tuesday) due to avalanches on the road, will re-open on Wednesday.

P.P.S.  Will look at snowpack later this week, should be very good!

Updated snowfall chart for this storm series:

Snowfall 20-Jan 21-Jan 22-Jan 23-Jan 24-Jan Totals
Brighton 4 17 10 13 30 74
Alta 5 14 17 7 26 69
Snowbird 4 16 16 7 25 68
Solitude 3 12 8 9 25 57
Snowbasin 3 6 10 13 20 52
Deer Valley 2 13 4 12 18 49
Park City 2 8 6 11 20 47
Brian Head 13 14 6 3 3 39
Sundance 4 7 4 4 18 37
Powder Mtn 4 3 8 15 5 35
Eagle Point 12 7 6 2 5 32
Beaver Mtn 1 0 5 8 17 31

*Powder Mtn is currently only reporting 5″ of new snow, but this must be incorrect considering Snowbasin got 20″ and Ogden Valley got almost 2 feet yesterday. My guess is this will be revised upward later today once they can access the mountain.

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