Looks Like a White Christmas!

Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2019 by Julie Cunningham

TL;DR: Another few inches overnight in the Wasatch. 4-6″ in LCC and 2-4″ elsewhere. Colder temperatures for the rest of the week and dominating high pressure.

Merry Christmas Eve from the East Coast! All I see outside here is the remnants of last week’s ice storm, so I’m itching to get back on the slopes. Luckily, it looks like Utah is doing a little better.

Nowcast

Well this isn’t the greatest storm, but at least it was something for those spending Christmas on the slopes! Here’s some snow totals from the past day or so:
Alta: 9″
Brighton: 6″
Solitude: 4″
Park City: 4″
Deer Valley: 3″
We can expect another 4-6″ overnight at Alta and 2-4″ in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City.

Short-term

Little Cottonwood might see an additional 2-4″ tomorrow with snow tapering off in the late afternoon, and elsewhere in the Wasatch might only see another inch or two. Salt Lake Valley might even see a coating to an inch of snow; let’s cross our fingers for a white Christmas! See below the plume for Alta-Collins. Most of the ensemble members seem to agree on a few more inches overnight. There are a few outliers, but those outcomes are pretty unlikely.

Graphic courtesy of University of Utah

Temperatures will be cooler tomorrow with highs in the upper 20s at the slopes, but luckily the winds will be dying down overnight. Expect a cooling trend over the next few days, with highs reaching the teens by Friday in much of the Wasatch.

Long-term

I wish I could tell you that a big storm is coming, but the long-term forecast isn’t looking too great. After this storm passes, a high pressure system will dominate the region until at least New Years. Maybe the new year will bring more powder. Happy Holidays everyone!
– Julie

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