Chances for Snow

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6:56 am

Summary:

Pattern gradually becomes more active starting on Thursday.  Light snow at times with heavier snow showers possible Friday night into Saturday.  Another storm likely for early next week.

Details:

A low pressure system is gradually approaching the west coast currently and will be ejecting waves of energy inland starting tomorrow (Thursday).  We’ll see clouds increase and a chance for snow in Northern Utah mountains.  Any snow that does fall should remain light with only minimal accumulation through the day Friday.  Then, Friday night into Saturday, the main trough moves through, albeit in a weakened state.  This will bring a period of accumulating snows above 7,000 feet.  Models only portraying modest amounts with this system.  Probably not a huge powder day, but certainly enough to soften up turns on Saturday.

A break Sunday before another system pushes in Monday and Tuesday.   This system will be a bit cooler and hopefully stronger.  Models have been waffling on the exact details but indications are that we should have more chances for powder over the first half of next week.

Other benefit will be to help clear out inversions.  Would expect most inversions to be scoured out by late Saturday.

Long Range:

Disagreement in the long term as the GFS operational continues to try to push energy into the western states, while the EC ensemble mean builds a ridge over the region which would make it difficult for any meaningful storms.  It looks like a more prominent shift in the pattern could occur around or just after mid-month that would allow active weather back into the area.  Will keep an eye on that.

WSF





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  • Tim

    thanks again for the updates – much appreciated. Although the storm doesn’t look too powerful, doesn’t look like Utah needs too much fresh stuff to get all the surfaces working again