Enjoy the last storm for awhile!

Posted Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 by usw_admin

Today has been snowy and cold with quite a bit of wind out there too! Many ski locations have received a foot or more of snow over the last 12+ hours as of this afternoon, with more on the way. Not too many crowds today at most resorts, though, as the wind and low visibility (and work/school day?) have kept a lot of folks home.

View from Snowbasin Resort this afternoon. Heavy snow with low visibility and very strong winds. Courtesy: snowbasin.com
View from Snowbasin Resort at John Paul Lodge this afternoon. Heavy snow with low visibility and very strong winds has been the case all day so far. Courtesy: snowbasin.com
Time chart of winds at the top of Snowbasin Resort's Strawberry lift. Very strong winds and wind gusts are evident throughout the day. Courtesy: mesowest.utah.edu
Time chart of winds at the top of Snowbasin Resort’s Strawberry lift. Very strong winds and wind gusts up to ~45 mph have been evident throughout the day. Courtesy: mesowest.utah.edu

Tonight will bring additional snow to the mountains and valleys as a cold pool settles in at mid levels. We can expect an additional 1-3+ inches in the far northern Utah ski locations and in Park City. In the Cottonwoods, there could be another 4-8+ inches overnight. The very strong winds should be letting up quite a bit overnight. Heavier snow activity should tapper off by ~5-6 AM overnight, but intermittent snow showers will continue into through the day on Thursday. Even with the very strong winds dying down overnight, though, it will still be VERY cold during the day tomorrow with wind chills forecast to be in the -5 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit range in many ski locations. Bundle up!

Enjoy this storm while it lasts, though, because it looks like it could be the last one for awhile (perhaps until late next week). As Lucas mentioned yesterday, it will be sunny, warm and dry for the next several days. Below is a forecast 500 mb vorticity animation showing a large ridge of high pressure building in from south of the Gulf of Alaska into the West and Intermountain West over the next week. Some models are showing a potential system for next Thursday, but my confidence in that is low at this point since it is simply too far out.

GFS forecast 500 mb vorticity from today through next Wednesday. A large ridge of high pressure will build in over the area from south of the Gulf of Alaska, giving us warm, sunny days for quite awhile. Courtesy: weathernerds.org
GFS forecast 500 mb vorticity from today through next Wednesday. A large ridge of high pressure will build in over the area from south of the Gulf of Alaska, giving us warm, sunny days for quite awhile. Courtesy: weathernerds.org

Enjoy all that powder the rest of today and tomorrow, and be safe getting up and down those canyons!

-Pete

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