Lots of Sunshine

Posted Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 by Julie Cunningham

TL;DR: Expect a few bluebird days, followed by a chance for a couple inches of snow in the Wasatch on Sunday into Monday.

Well, there’s not too much to report on the Wasatch for the next few days. An approaching cut-off low will bring precipitation to the southern part of the state Saturday evening into Sunday, with NAEFS plumes indicating 12-15″ of snow in southeastern Utah at Abajo Peak (10810 ft above sea level) and 8-12″ at the Arizona Snowbowl. Though, these totals could easily change since the storm is still a few days out and there is a lot of spread within ensemble members. This system could also bring a couple inches of snow to the Wasatch Sunday into Monday, but expect nothing spectacular.

Graphic courtesy of University of Utah

The time-heights (vertical cross-section with time increasing to the left) here in Salt Lake City are showing a very dry air mass dominating until at least Sunday with snow levels near crest level. Although we won’t have great powder this weekend, warmer temperatures and an increasing sun angle might make for some spring-like conditions on southern aspects. You can also see on this chart that there is potential for some convective snow showers in the mountains on Monday; a moist air mass combined with instability could mean a few inches of accumulation in the mountains.

Get out this weekend and enjoy the sunshine — I know I will!
– Julie

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