Welcome Back to Winter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:06 am

Summary:

A cold storm is bringing snow to the region thru Thursday night.  Accumulations have already been impressive with more to come.  A break for much of the weekend before another storm pushes in for early next week.

Details:

Our cold front pushed into the region last night as expected.  It moved slower than anticipated, which helped to keep the heavy snow going for longer and therefore we saw more snow than anticipated.  It looks like 7-10″ of snow for resorts north of I-80 with 13-15″ for the Cottonwoods and PC ridge.  You can see the NAM’s forecast from yesterday compared to what we actually saw:

We are well on our way to meeting the high end of forecast totals, if not exceeding them handsomely.

Today, the initial front has dropped into Central Utah and weakened.  That means snow has tapered for most resorts already.  We should have a break with just occasional snow showers today before the trough itself pushes in later today into tonight and Thursday.  We should see additional accumulations thru Thursday night, with the highest totals in areas favored by NW flow such as LCC.  An additional 8-16″ is likely by Friday morning with up to 2 feet for LCC if orographics come together just right.  Today, tomorrow, and Friday should all be awesome powder days!

We’ll have a bit of a break in the action late Friday thru early Sunday before the next storm arrives Sunday night thru Tuesday.  This system looks like it could be another good one with abundant moisture while still maintaining colder air.  You can see the upward trend early next week in QPF:

Univ of Utah

We could have several good powder days early to mid next week as well.  Closing out February in style…

Long Range:

Latest trend in models has been to build a ridge closer to the coast.  This could effectively block most storms from reaching us.  We could have a mostly dry start to March if this trend proves accurate.

WSF

This colder air means that the snow that does fall will stay in good shape for longer.  Cat and Heli skiing may be a viable option for you to enhance your mission to ski fresh pow days after the storm.  Whisper Ridge Cat and Heli Skiing is a proud sponsor of WSF and would be happy to provide you with access to their expansive terrain.  Andrew Muse put together this edit from his time up there recently:

 





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  • LAR16

    Brighton showing 100+ inches YTD snowfall more than the other Cottonwood Resorts. Can this be accurate?? Appreciate your feedback.

    • Patrick Gregory

      the SW flow of the storms has favored BCC a bit more in the upper regions. This is accurate info. based on the depths I’ve skied there in the past several seasons. You can see data from Deer Valley that shows they were favored in this SW flow as well.

    • GSATT

      Can’t be accurate. LCC is life. They under report. Plus they have more parking. BCC is for burnouts and knuckle draggers. Don’t waste pow turns going up there 🙏🏿

  • 6toes

    im actually booked for whisper ridge this saturday and sunday. so stoked! any idea how much snow they would be getting there in comparison to the resorts?

  • Bryan

    Where are the PM storm updates?? I think it’s definitely needed tonight!

    • Nothing’s changed:

      “We should have a break with just occasional snow showers today before the trough itself pushes in later today into tonight and Thursday. We should see additional accumulations thru Thursday night, with the highest totals in areas favored by NW flow such as LCC. An additional 8-16″ is likely by Friday morning with up to 2 feet for LCC if orographics come together just right. Today, tomorrow, and Friday should all be awesome powder days!”