A Week of Redemption

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 by Corey Bois

TL;DR: Snow in the mountains starting Thursday night into Friday, followed by an active storm cycle bringing plenty of snow over the next week.

Nowcast: The small disturbance that shot through the Wasatch last night left 1-3″ across the resorts. Temperatures at the trailheads are in the low 30’s and low 20’s along the ridgelines. Westerly winds have remained mellow at 10 mph throughout the day with some low clouds dashed throughout.

Short Term: Tomorrow moisture from a pacific system will make its way into Utah from the west. Valley temps will remain in the 50’s with the chance for precipitation increasing as the day goes on. A trough is expected to move southward towards Las Vegas, bringing large moisture levels over the next few days. Talking snow, the NWS has issued a winter storm warning from Thurdsay night through Friday night with an expected accumulation between 10-18″. It’s unclear whether there will be any accumulation in the valley as the snow line will likely be over 5000′.

GFS 48-hr Forecast, valid 11am February 12th (Tropicaltidbits.com)

Long Term: Models are pointing towards 3-4″ of snow water equivalent over the next 7 days, a substantial amount of weight for the current snowpack. This means a very active storm period with multiple storms following Friday’s snowfall. Keep an eye out, get ready for some snow, and be safe out there.

The rollercoaster ride we’ve been looking forward to (weather.utah.edu)

-Corey

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