2 down, 2 to go

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 6:59 am


A break day today after yesterday’s quick hitting storm brought snowfall to the mountains of Utah.  Snow will increase during the day on Monday into Monday night and Tuesday.  Another storm is then likely for late Thursday thru Friday.  March is roaring out like a lion!


Yesterday’s storm moved through rather quickly.  Again, heavy rain amounts in many valley locations.  This didn’t translate to heavy snow always up in the mountains, but moderate snow fell thru most of the day.  Accumulations generally were in the 3-6″ range, which fell just short of the 4-8″ forecasted.

Today is a break day before our next storm moves in tomorrow.  This system looks to be a bit stronger than yesterday’s.  Snow should develop by midday Monday and continue, heavy at times into Monday night and possibly Tuesday.  This storm will feature a cold front that with strengthen somewhere in a line from roughly Delta to the Uintas.  Places along this front will see the highest amounts.  Hopefully this area doesn’t drop too far south, as that could leave the Cottonwoods and PC with far less snowfall.  After the front clears out, we’ll have a period of a cool northwest flow that will last into Tuesday.  Overall forecasted totals by Tuesday should be in the 6-12″ range for the high elevations, with 8-16″ possible for the Cottonwoods. 

Another break on Wednesday before the next storm approaches on Thursday. This storm should really hit late Thursday into Thursday night and linger into Friday.  At this point it looks like another healthy dump of spring snowfall.  At this point Tuesday and Friday look like the best days for powder skiing/boarding.  You can see this week’s two storms very clearly in the NAEFS plumes:

Univ of Utah

These storm systems are cool, but not cold.  Snow levels will generally be in the 6-7k foot range.  That means most resorts should see snow rather than rain, but it will be medium to high density snowfall — fairly typical of spring in the Wasatch. In map form, snowfall totals for this week:

The areas of pink are generally greater than a foot of snow.  The areas of white and grey within the pink are areas that could see greater than two feet of snow this week.  Notice that it’s central and southern Utah, as well as the Uintas that should be getting the heaviest snowfall this week.  Far northern Utah could miss out a bit.

Long Range:

Right now it’s looking like we generally clear out for the weekend and the first few days of April.  The EC suggests another system as early as the 3rd of April, while the GFS has a weaker system on about the 4th.  In general, it looks like the pattern stays active to our north and perhaps in our region as well.  I don’t see any signs of major ridging returning during the first week of April.  Hopefully the models with hone in on a solution that features more storms.


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