Another Spring Storm

Posted Sunday, April 14th, 2019 by usw_admin

It’s been a pretty solid snow season wouldn’t you say? It seems like we’ve had the good fortune of forecasting storm after storm this year. And it looks like for these least these last two posts, we’ll have the opportunity to do the same!

View from Alta this afternoon. Mostly cloudy skies with plenty of snow to ski. Courtesy: onthesnow.com
View from Alta this afternoon. Mostly cloudy skies with plenty of snow to ski. Courtesy: onthesnow.com

Today saw mostly cloudy skies over most Utah ski locations with a little bit of snow falling in the morning and early afternoon hours as a weak shortwave moved into and has lingered over our area. Snowbird and Alta have reported 2″ over the last 24 hours, with little to no accumulations reported elsewhere.

A shortwave that has been moving across the Gulf of Alaska will push into the Pacific Northwest on Monday, and into the Intermountain West by Tuesday morning. This should bring another round of fairly significant mountain snow into our Utah ski locations. Through Wednesday, expect 10-14″ in the Cottonwoods, and 7-11″ for Snowbasin. Below is a map of the ECMWF 72 hour total snowfall forecast.

ECMWF 72 hour Kuchera total snowfall forecast valid through Wednesday morning. Courtesy: models.weatherbell.com
ECMWF 72 hour Kuchera total snowfall forecast valid through Wednesday morning. Courtesy: models.weatherbell.com

As I said before, this has been a pretty nice year overall for snow. That is proven by looking at SNOTEL data below showing that many mountain locations are well over 100% of normal in terms of snow water equivalent. That’s pretty impressive!

SNOTEL liquid equivalent percent of normal. Courtesy: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov
SNOTEL snow water equivalent percent of normal. Courtesy: https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov

I hope you all got to enjoy the snow out there this year; I know I have. It’s been fun forecasting for y’all this season; I hope our forecasts have been helpful to most of you out there. Take care and be safe as we transition to summer sports season!

-Pete

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