Today turned out to be a deep day in the Cottonwoods with 1-2 feet plus falling in a few locations. Snow water equivalents are 150-200 percent of normal as we continue to reap the benefits of an active storm cycle!
Storm totals over the last 48 hours
- Brian Head 27″
- Alta Collins 26″
- Brighton Crest 23″
- Snowbird 20″
- Deer Valley 15″
- Solitude 15″
Another strong storm system will impact Utah Sunday through Tuesday afternoon. A strong upper level low is currently spinning off the coast of Oregon and Washington with a plume of subtropical moisture streaming into central California. Ridge top winds are expected to increase from the SW overnight as the trough slowly progresses eastward. By tomorrow afternoon winds could approach 80-100 mph. Lift associated with a shortwave trough, diffluent upper level jet, and warm air advection will allow for widespread snowfall across the Wasatch Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. During this period, strong SW winds will favor SW facing aspects, with the northern Wasatch (Snowbasin and Pow Mow) seeing significant snowfall. Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon resorts will be also favored during this time.
Heading into Monday, a cold front will sweep across the Wasatch Front during the late morning into the afternoon with winds switching to the W-NW. Along the cold front, heavy snowfall is expected with resorts in the Upper Cottonwoods being favored. Another period of snowfall is expected Monday evening through Tuesday morning as wrap-around snow forms along the NW sector of an upper level low centered in SW Wyoming. By Tuesday morning 700 mb temperatures will cool to around -15 C allowing for low density Utah powder with ratios near 20:1.
- Strong ridge top winds nearing 80-100 mph Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.
- Northern Wasatch, Park City, and Big Cottonwood resorts favored until cold front arrives Monday late morning.
- Upper Cottonwood resorts favored Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
Snowfall Forecast through Tuesday Afternoon
- Park City Resorts: 14-24″
- Big Cottonwood Resorts: 18-30″
- Little Cottonwood Resorts: 20-36″
- Northern Wasatch Front Resorts: 14-24″