Cloudy Skies and Cooler Temps

Posted Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 by Corey Bois

TL;DR: We are getting a break from the spring weather as a low pressure system will bring a (more) active storm cycle over the next few days, with some mountain snow accumulation

Nowcast: There were some light snow flurries this morning that could return later in the day producing a marginal accumulation. Temperatures have (thankfully) dropped as a cold front moved into Utah last night. Mountain temps range from the low 30s at base level to upper teens along the ridgelines. The winds have dropped, varying between 5-10 mph with gusts up to 20 mph from the South. Below is a mid-day view looking down canyon from Alta.

Mountain Cam Photo of Mount Superior
www.alta.com/weather#mountain-cams

Short Term Forecast: A low pressure system has made it’s way over the Western US, but the ensemble models show the bulk of the trough trending Southeast, parallel to the Southern California Coast before cutting Eastward over Arizona during the next few days. This wide and slow moving system is bringing moisture and cooler temperatures through thursday, with the potential for some modest on and off storms over a 3 day period, leading to a total accumulation of 6-8″.

87 hr = 3.6 days (weather.utah.edu)

Above are the downscaled ensemble means and probablilties for precipitation over the next 3 days. Hopefully we see some improvement in the current ski conditions this week as a result of this more active storm cycle.

-Corey

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