Snow Showers Early, Something to Watch for the Weekend
It’s been a crazy and deep past few days. After 54″ in 2 days down in Northern Arizona (see the image below), I made it back to Utah just in time to catch the season opening of the Powderhorn lift at Solitude. Check out the video Solitude put together:
It was great to see the Wasatch go off.
TL;DR: Light snow tonight and tomorrow and the pattern remains active moving forward!
Currently, we have partly cloudy skies across most of Northern Utah, with temps in the 30s in the valley and 20s in mountains. It was a nice day to be on the hill.
Short Term Forecast
There is not too much going on in the short term. Remnants from a strong Sierra storm will be making their way through the intermountain West, however the heaviest will be north of Utah. The Wasatch will generally see just a coating to a few inches, with perhaps a little more in Northern Utah including Beaver Mountain. It will likely be warm enough that any precipitation seen in the valleys will be in the form of rain.
There will be a chance of accumulating snow in Southern Utah during the middle of the week, but this does not look like a major event at this time.
Long Term Forecast
Looking beyond the weak system tonight/tomorrow, the models are indicating that another trough will move into the Western US next weekend. In the gif below, you can see the trough off the coast of California weaken and then quickly move through the region. This is an ensmble model showing the upper level pattern. The blue colors generally indicate an area of low pressure (storminess) while the red colors indicate an area of higher pressure (ridge/warm/dry). Around Friday of next week, you can see another trough moving across the Pacific and into the Western US.
(Image courtesy of Weatherbell)
I don’t love the current ensemble model forecast trough position for big snows in Utah, but its 5-6 days away so that can change. We will provide updates on the next storm throughout the week.