Don’t Put the Powder Skis Away Just Yet

Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

Saturday Update:

Today will be very warm in SLC.  The big question is whether or not we can hit 80F.  Pattern starts to change as we head into next week.  First good chance for widespread precip will likely be on Wednesday with a first storm.  This looks like a modest storm.  Then perhaps a stronger storm for next weekend.  A generally cooler and more active pattern looks to close out March.  We will have our chances for powder skiing.  WSF



Very warm weather continues as we head into the weekend, with possible record highs.  Pattern starts to change as we head into next week with chances for snow and colder temperatures arriving.  March looks to close out with more active weather.


It has been a very quiet month so far.  Aside from that one storm the first week of the month, we’ve seen extended warm and dry weather since.  We’ve lost a lot of our low elevation and south-facing snowpack.  It’s inevitable to lose that, but it seems to be happening earlier than normal this year.   Still, the ski resorts and much of the backcountry have a deep base and will have no problem keeping terrain open well into April or later.

Our stagnant pattern will remain through most of this weekend with warm temperatures.  SLC could threaten 80F on Saturday.  Then, things start to change on Sunday night.  A boundary will drape itself to our north and carry some weak energy with it.  A chance for showers will exist in the northern part of the state.  Snow levels will be very high and anything that does fall should be light.   We will however see a significant cool down to start the week.

Perhaps a more noteworthy trough then moves in for the middle part of the week.  This is when much of the state could see a chance for showers, including snowfall for the mountains.  At this point, it does not look like a major storm.  But a light refresher looks likely on Wednesday.   A potentially stronger system could move in for next weekend (March 25/26).  Overall, the next 10 days look to be much more active.  Here is the total forecasted precip through March 27:

The red colors indicate 1.5-3.0″ of liquid.  Some healthy amounts.

Long Range:

Most models show high pressure building off the west coast, this could allow a trough and cooler air to infiltrate the intermountain west.  Right now, it looks like there’s a good chance we will finish March off with an active pattern.  Don’t put away powder skis just yet, we’ll certainly have some more fresh snow to ski before the season ends.


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2 thoughts on “Don’t Put the Powder Skis Away Just Yet

  1. LK

    Hey Evan, tomorrow is my last chance to ski. Staying in PC, should we try to get to higher elevation tmw? Worried about rain.

  2. jpz

    With the weather coming in, what are the rain/snow levels gonna be like? How does that work with these spring storms?

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