Kicking off the 2018-2019 Winter

Posted Friday, November 16th, 2018 by Taylor McCorkle

Welcome back skiers, boarders, and snow enthusiasts!  Today is the first of a season full of daily forecasts – Our  goal is to keep you informed and up-to-date on Utah weather as it pertains to our favorite winter pass times. This year one of our goals is to be more consistent on when you can expect our forecasts. Each day, we will post a forecast at 5pm that will include real-time observations and conditions, a short-term forecast, and a mid- to long-range outlook.

Before we dive into the weather, here are a list of anticipated opening dates at ski resorts across Utah:
Brighton – First resort open for the year; lifts started turning yesterday
Brian Head – Today!
Alta – November 23
Deer Valley – December 8
Park City – November 21
Snowbasin – November 21
Snowbird – November 30
Solitude – December 1
Sundance – December 7

The short term forecast isn’t very promising for building a base by the time most resorts open.  Saturday and Saturday evening a weak disturbance is moving through and could put a few inches of fresh snow in the upper Cottonwoods

NAEFS plumes of forecasted snow and liquid precip at Alta
NAEFS plumes of forecasted snow and liquid precip at Alta

Luckily, it appears a pattern shift might be in the pipeline as the Climate Prediction Center has given the Intermountain West a 60% chance of seeing above normal precipitation in 6-10 days.. Of course we will have a better idea of what to expect as we close in on this timeframe.

CPC Precipitation outlook cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
CPC Precipitation outlook cpc.ncep.noaa.gov

Check back with us for daily forecasts throughout the season – we are so happy you are here!

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