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POWDER IS BACK!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 6:26 am

Summary:

Fresh snow is here with lots more falling this morning before we clear out later today.  TODAY is going to be an AWESOME POWDER DAY!  Dry and warm later this week.

Details:

First of all, sorry for the shorter post the last few days.  I was out-of-town and was checking weather data and writing posts on my phone — not an easy thing to do.  I planned my trip last week with hope that Tuesday would be the day for Wasatch powder, and here I am!

Yesterday the southerly flow brought periods of snow to the area in the afternoon.  It was really cool to see the energy then pivot and the flow to turn westerly during the evening hours.  That wave ejected out of the area, but before it did, it brought some decent snowfall totals!  Cottonwoods already reporting 11-13″ in the last 24 hours.  6-8″ at PC resorts and generally 3-6″ elsewhere.   Due to the closed low stalling farther south and west than models forecasted, the intense flow of moisture targeted southern Utah more than the San Juans of Colorado (although the San Juans still saw plenty of snow).   Brian Head reporting another 15″ of snow for a STORM TOTAL of 52 INCHES!!!!  WOW!  I know some of you took my advice and headed down there!  Hope you had a blast!

Today we have a cold secondary trough pushing into the area.  The cold front right now is north of SLC and bringing heavy snow to places like Beaver Mountain, PowMow and Snowbasin.  Check it out on the current (6:15am) radar:

radar

This heavy precip will slowly sag south this morning and reach Salt Lake valley by 7am… just in time for rush hour!   Expect heavy snow in the Cottonwoods and PC through late morning, further adding to the totals listed above.  Here is a look at Snowbasin already with 8″ since yesterday:

snowbasin_stake

I’m expecting 24-hour totals tomorrow to be 6-12″ with perhaps more in the Cottonwoods.  Add that to what we saw yesterday evening and we should be approaching 2 feet in some areas.  Not a bad way to start March, eh?

We will dry out later this week but models indicate a more active pattern possible again for the west before mid-month.  Models have been fairly consistent at bringing precip back to the area between March 11-14… we’ll just have to keep an eye on that for now.

GO UP AND GET YOUR POWDER!  This is what we have been waiting for…

WSF

P.S.  Please tag instagram powder pictures with #wasatchsnowforecast