1 down, (at least) 3 to go

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:01 am

Summary:

After a record wet day for SLC, with snow in the mountains.  We now turn our attention to 3 more systems before the month of March is over.  One this weekend, and two next week.  Plenty more opportunities for powder!

Details:

Yesterday’s storms was indeed interesting.  SLC airport, and many other valley locations saw moderate to heavy rain all day.  SLC picked up nearly 2″ of liquid for the calendar day, and about 2.20″ for the storm.  It was the wettest March day ever in SLC!  And the 5th or 6th wettest calendar day ever!

While it snowed all day in the mountains, not everywhere saw the heavy precipitation that the western valleys saw.  The north to south orientation of the precip band and the shallow nature meant there wasn’t enough forcing to push the heaviest stuff up the canyons.  Still, storm totals since Tuesday night have been decent.  16-20″ for the mountains of southern Utah.  12-18″ for PowMow.  10″ for Snowbasin.  13-15″ for the Cottonwoods.  6″ for Park City.

We have a break today before the next system moves in on Saturday.  We should see snow develop, before tapering off in the evening.  This system is fast-moving and relatively weak.  I expect only light amounts of accumulation. Here’s the NAM output for this weekend for the Upper Cottonwoods:

Univ of Utah

2-5″ in general for the mountains with perhaps 4-8″ for the Cottonwoods.  Not much, but enough to soften turns on Saturday and Sunday.

Another break Sunday before the next storm pushes in Monday into Tuesday.  The GFS seems to be trending toward the EC, which is good news.  This system doesn’t look major, but could be strong enough for a healthy dose of powder for mountain locations.  Then another break Wednesday into Thursday before yet another system moves in for later next week (Friday).  Not much details this far out, but it does have potential to be the strongest of the lot.

Long Range:

Some hints that active weather could continue into April as well.  We’ll keep an eye on that for you.

WSF

Hello friends, if you’ve been happy with the forecasts provided this year and are appreciative of the amount of work put in to provide you with this information, then please consider donating to WSF to help us cover the costs to run this site. Every dollar helps! Thank you so much to those who have already donated!

Donate to Wasatch Snow Forecast efforts





This entry was posted in Uncategorized on by .
  • Andre

    does the crystal ball suggest any precip for easter weekend? or just way to far out… accuweather publishes some sort of 25 day forecast. shows dry that week. Thanks!

  • kafirman

    “soften turns on Saturday” but only after the lifts close?

  • Jeff Gerke

    What is the timing on Saturday’s storm?