According to the meteorological calendar, today (Sept 1) is the first day of fall. We are really heading toward winter now!
Appropriately, we have a very fall-like trough in the Pacific Northwest that will gradually drop into the Great Basin by this weekend. Here is a look at height anomalies for Saturday, Sept 5:
As mentioned yesterday, there is a chance that the highest elevations (above 9000 feet) of far Northern Utah will see a few snow showers this weekend. This certainly is not a guarantee at this point, but I’m telling you there’s a chance…
Obviously, even if we do get a dusting of snow on the high peaks, it doesn’t mean much as it will melt off quickly. But it would be nice to see, eh?
The main change will be much cooler temperatures. SLC highs which will top 90F today and tomorrow will drop significantly. Perhaps struggling to reach 70F on Sunday.
After labor day, it looks like the most likely scenario involves a big ridge building off the west coast and putting an end to the troughs moving into the western states. This might mean we see few more monsoonal moisture surges later this month. Perhaps a tropical system may even get involved.
It’s fall, occasional cool troughs will become the norm as we head through the next month or two… But true winter is unlikely to arrive anytime soon…