Spring Freshies

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:15 am

Summary:

Yesterday’s storm delivered anywhere from 4-13″ of new snowfall. We are now starting a break in the action until late Thursday when the next storm pushes through.  Active pattern continues into April.

Details:

Yesterday’s storm came through as expected during the day with heavy snow developing around noon for most of the Wasatch resorts.  The forecast was for a northwest flow to keep snow going in the Cottonwoods into the night, but unfortunately, the flow didn’t quite have enough of a westerly component and didn’t generate quite enough lift needed to keep snowfall going through the night.  Because of that, snowfall amounts ended up being a bit lower than expected.  Yesterday I felt confident enough to boost forecast totals, and of course, mother nature paid me back by dropping the original lower forecast amounts.  Still, we got 4-8″ for most mountain locations with 10-13″ for the Cottonwoods.  There should be some good powder this morning!

A break in the action developing today with clearing skies.  We will warm up quickly on Wednesday and Thursday.  Thursday evening, the next system moves in.  As I mentioned yesterday, this storm is dropping a bit to our west and then south through the western deserts.  This means that central and southern Utah might be favored for the most snowfall.  Right now, I think it could be quite a good snowstorm for southern Utah mountains.  For northern Utah, we should still see snow accumulate and Friday should be a powder day to some extent.

Another break for Saturday/Sunday before another piece of energy crosses the region early next week.  Generally, this looks to be a weak system, but we should see chances for mountain snowfall once again.   We aren’t seeing major storms, but we are seeing consistent modest storms.  Not atypical for this time of year.

Long Range:

Pattern generally seems to favor active weather for the first week or two of April.  I would not be surprised to see more of the same.  Good opportunities to “double dip,” ski powder in the morning, golf, hike, mountain bike, etc in the afternoon!

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  • pkp121

    Snowbird weather was strange yesterday. While the total results were on the low end, there were a couple hours where it snowed extremely hard. In fact around 1:30 I would say it had snowed 8 inches just during that hour before. Skiing was amazing and no one was there.

  • Tom Bennett

    The Bird surprised again this morning. The typical poorly managed opening, but Gad 2 side was to be had early and it was soft and super fast. Once the cirque opened up the chutes were softer and deeper than expected. Super-light crowds, at least until I left at 11am. Not epic by any means, just a heckuva lot better than it looked from the parking lot when we pulled up.