A brief recap and thoughts for this evening –
Late Saturday night the highly anticipated front finally moved through the Salt Lake Valley, and brought with it copious amounts of snow for all elevations. While all resorts in the central Wasatch faired well, Little Cottonwood canyon was the obvious winner with storm totals of 20”+ since yesterday afternoon.
Here are two of the highest reports I’ve seen:
Alta-Collins Snow Stake (via MesoWest): 21”
As expected, when powder days occur over the weekend, the traffic becomes a real problem, especially up Big and Little Cottonwood. This morning, if you waited for the canyons to open and sat in the long line of cars, it probably took you several hours to reach your destination. I think its safe to say it was worth the wait, though!
The upper-level low associated with this storm system will linger over the intermountain west through this evening. Some remnant vorticity coupled with strong upward motion should produce some additional snowfall in the higher elevations this evening and into the overnight hours. This vertical motion will result in some crest-level (and higher) instability, resulting in snow showers that could be convective in nature. Think isolated, heavy snow showers rather than a widespread frontal band like we saw last night. Its likely that the upper elevations of the central Wasatch could see an additional 3-5 inches through tomorrow morning, especially the areas favored in northwest flow.
After the departure of this trough, a ridge builds in, bringing sunshine and warming temperatures for your work week. A rather quiescent forecast after the exciting weekend we just had.
In the mean time, get out there and enjoy improved mountain conditions and pleasant bluebird days at your favorite resort!