Calm in Northern Utah, Activity in Southern Utah

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020 by Eric McNamee

TL;DR: Northern Utah looks to stay pretty calm weather-wise. Southern Utah will see a pretty decent moisture surge Saturday and Sunday. This will bring some good snow accumulations to southern Utah mountains.

Weather has been pretty benign the past few days and doesn’t seem like a whole lot of change will happen on the horizon for northern Utah. Southern Utah, on the other hand, looks like they will see a decent clip of snow over the weekend.

Short-Term: A cut-off low currently off the California coast will slowly move into the desert southwest. As it does so, it will draw in sub-tropical moisture and slam it into the desert southwest. Brian Head will do pretty with this and see snow accumulations somewhere in the 8-16″ range. Unfortunately, none of this moisture looks to reach resorts in the northern part of the state.

ECMWF SNowfall Totals Through Sunday (maps.weatherbell.com)

This looks like the best chance of snow anywhere in the state for the next week so if you’re suffering from lack of powder, you know where to head.

Once this cut-off low moves out of the region Sunday, a shortwave trough will graze the northern part of the state Sunday night into Monday morning. This shortwave seems to lack moisture so a few inches at most are expected for northern Utah resorts through Monday.

Long-Term: A ridge looks to build over the west coast next week so we will take another break in the action.

Eric

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