Brief Storm

Posted Thursday, January 7th, 2021 by Jackson Sponaugle

TLDR: Today, a brief ridge passes while skies become mostly sunny and bring seasonal temperatures. The next storm system will bring minor accumulations to most of Utah’s ski areas early Saturday morning.

Nowcast: Clouds increase this morning over high terrain, but should start to clear to mostly sunny skies. Ski areas are in the low 20’s today with light winds. It should be relatively calm today and not too busy this morning. Here is a current view in Alta.

Short-Term Forecast: Clouds will steadily increase overnight into Friday night as an approaching trough moves inland. This trough coming from the northwest favors the cottonwoods, so we should see the largest accumulations near Alta.


This model run for Alta shows most members between 1-4 inches, but trending slightly higher run to run. 7 inches is not out of the question, but it is unlikely. Let’s hope for at least 3-6 inches with this storm in Alta. Park city and following resorts should expect 1-3 inches.

Long-Range Forecast: Sadly, a ridge looks like it will build into the region starting Sunday into mid next week. Here is a look of the current model run for Tuesday.

This is bad news for our snow pack and for our air quality. The ridge will be something to keep an eye on in the coming days. Some models have another storm next week, while others have a continued ridge. Let’s hope we can jump back into the active pattern late next week.

Jackson Sponaugle

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