As of October 1, 2017, all WSF forecasts will henceforth be found exclusively at OpenSnow.com. As many of you know, for the past 4 years, I’ve written forecasts on both wasatchsnowforecast.com and opensnow.com, I will be consolidating the Utah forecasts onto OpenSnow.com for the upcoming winter and beyond. Please bookmark the following URL:
What changes for you?
If you typically read the forecasts here, then it’s just the web address of where the forecasts are found that is changing. That’s all. The content of the forecasts themselves will still be the same and all social media channels will remain the same.
Why the change?
The reasons for the change are simple. It’s takes a lot of extra time for me to write for and answer questions on two separate sites. With my full-time job, trying to ski as much as possible, and my domestic responsibilities, it was becoming just a bit too much for me to handle. Having one location will simplify things drastically and allow me to focus on the things I enjoy the most: forecasting, skiing, and spending time with my family. Previously, I was relying on the generosity of site sponsorship and donations from readers to keep the site up and running. I now don’t have to do that.
OpenSnow offers a wide range of additional functionality that I could never have provided on WSF alone. Aside from the forecast discussions you already enjoy, OpenSnow has individual (and detailed) forecasts for all ski resorts in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. We also have a network of forecasters similar to myself that will provide forecast discussions to help you plan your powder days. There is also a wide array of webcam images. You can customize a dashboard to just see the resorts you want to see all in one place. Then, you can set specific snowfall alerts to let you know when it has snowed or is snowing. There is also a great app available for Android and iOS to take this all with you in your pocket.
Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that more and more of my readers were reading on OpenSnow rather than WSF, so this move makes sense. Hopefully you all enjoy the new look and functionality but find comfort in the familiar forecasts I provide.
A pair of cold fronts will bring cooler temps and chances for high elevation snowfall once again to Utah for this upcoming week. Another taste of winter.
Today will be warm, but breezy ahead of the first of two troughs that will pass through the area over the next 5-7 days. This first one will mostly be affecting far northern Utah on Tuesday with chances for showers and temps that are 20 degrees cooler than today. Snow levels will be high, likely above 8-9000 feet on Tuesday — but we could see another dusting up high From the Cottonwoods north to Idaho.
A break on Wednesday with warm and breezy conditions again. Then, a deeper and stronger system moves into the intermountain west. This should bring widespread showers late Thursday into Thursday night and another major cool down. High temps on Thursday thru the weekend will likely be in the 50s for the lower valleys and 30s in the mountains. Snow showers above 7000 feet are likely. Could see a few inches of snow in spots. Here is the latest model output:
Be prepared for more sweater and jacket weather later this week. It will feel more like late October than September.
It looks like high pressure will regain some control of the area next week. I would expect drier and warmer conditions, more typical of this time of year. But the Autumn roller coaster has begun, and it’s only a matter of time before the next storm impacts the area. Winter feels close!