A warm storm will bring periods of very wet snow and/or rain to the region today. Temperatures cool tonight as snow starts to diminish. Saturday could be good, especially in the morning. A break in active weather from Sunday thru late next week. More storms possible after February 17th.
An atmospheric river has spent the past 48 hours pounding California. This is causing major flooding issues as rain fell on an unusually deep snowpack up to 9,000 feet in the Sierra.
Most of that moisture has been shunted north as it pushes east, but northern Utah has seen periodic showers in the high elevations. Warmth has been able to push north into our region and we’ve seen record high temperatures. 66F in SLC yesterday and it got up to 43F at 9700′ in LCC. Things have cooled a touch, but it is still 35F at 9700′. Snow levels likely at or above 9k feet currently. Those should slowly fall today as more widespread precipitation overtakes the region. By this evening, snow levels will come down to 8,000 feet, which is still above many resort bases. They’ll continue to fall tonight down to 5-6k feet, but by then most of the storm will be done.
Accumulations later today through tonight will likely be in the 6-12″ range way up high. Down lower, between 7,500 and 8,500 feet, I think lesser amounts. A lot will be dependent on just how quickly we can get snow levels to drop. Today is likely not going to be a great ski day. There is a chance that this afternoon could get good if the snow levels drop enough. Elevation is your friend. Warm air and wind, however, will be your enemies.
Saturday morning will likely be the time to get after it. Snow should be dense on bottom with some fluffier stuff on top. Could be fun!
Overall, these are not the type of storms that generally bring the best conditions to the Wasatch. If you ask me, I’m ready to see the back of this storm cycle and move on to the next.
We’ll have a break Sunday thru Thursday next week. But it won’t be too long before the pattern changes again and we see a chance for storms. The first of which pushes in next Friday. This storm is looking like one of those sacrificial lambs that has the thankless task of breaking down the ridge. That means the storm will likely weaken as it pushes inland. Hopefully we can get some snow out of it late Friday into Saturday of next week. There looks to be another storm on its heels. Hopefully that one will be able to more easily progress inland. Overall, it looks pretty stormy from the 17th onward. Stay tuned…
P.S. Whisper Ridge, along with the rest of the northern Wasatch, is absolutely killing it this year. A snowpack of 170-200% above average. Check out this photo of one of the yurts in the yurt village after the storm earlier this week:
Like the rest of us, they might see some rain today but it will change to snow sooner up north and likely hold the goods into early next week if you’re looking for some pow! Check it out at www.whisperridgeutah.com, you may be able to inquire about their Spring rates.