Heavy, wet mountain snowfall today with rain in the valleys and plenty of wind as a warm storm pushes through the region. After a break late Wednesday and Thursday, the next system moves in for Friday into Saturday with more significant water amounts likely.
A very warm storm is pushing through right now. We’ve seen snowfall overnight for much of the high mountains. Generally, an additional 2-9″ overnight. Highest amounts have been either in the Northern Wasatch or in areas favored in SW flow. Snowbasin, Brighton, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, and Beaver Mountain all in the 7-9″ range. Lesser amounts elsewhere. Storm totals since Sunday are now up to 3-13″. This is a little slower start to the storm than we were expecting.
Today, snow will continue this morning into this afternoon before it starts to diminish this evening. Winds will be strong and snow levels will be high. Perhaps not the best day for skiing purposes, although I still plan to get up there and try to have a good time. The follow-up wave for Wednesday now looks to stay mostly north of the region. Due to that, we will see precipitation ending earlier than previously forecasted. I think most locations are still good to see 1-2 feet, but it might be tough with such dense snow to get to the high end of that range. Still, liquid totals will be healthy, so it will boost our snowpack numbers once again.
As of now, it looks like a break in the action on Wednesday into Thursday with very warm air being pulled up into the area. Upper 50s for the lower valleys and perhaps low 40s on the mountain! The next storm pushes in late Thursday night and continues through the day Friday into early Saturday. This storm will start very warm with snow levels likely at or above 8,000 feet. Plenty of moisture likely so we could see significant totals in the highest elevations. The good news is that this storm will see cold air filter in later in the storm with lowering snow levels. Saturday could at least have some fluff on top.
So…. Not the best storms for snow recreation, perhaps…. but beggars can’t be choosers.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering when we will return to more typical, cold Utah storms. Well, it looks like it may be awhile.. We’ll have a break in the action from about February 12-17 with high pressure in control. A trough will nudge into the western U.S. beyond that and could open the storm door once again. However, at this time it’s impossible to say what kind of storms we may get and just how cold they may be. Certainly a chance that these warm AR events will continue. Seems to be the theme of this winter thus far.