Love and Stoke Are in the Air

Posted Sunday, February 14th, 2021 by Brittany Whitlam

TL;DR: If you didn’t get enough of the powder during this weekend’s storm cycle, you’re in luck. Fresh snow is on tap tomorrow through Wednesday. 

Nowcast: Happy Valentine’s Day! Another 12 inches of the good stuff fell at Alta overnight, bringing the storm total since Thursday up to 34 inches at Alta-Collins. Brighton and Solitude racked up another 8 and 7 inches respectively since the lifts stopped spinning yesterday. The storm total for Brighton Crest is up to 32 inches since Thursday. Conditions have since dried out this morning across the Cottonwoods, with brief periods of light snow throughout the day.

A break in the clouds this afternoon at Alta. Courtesy of Alta Ski Area: alta.com/weather

Short term: Thankfully, Mother Nature is not done with us just yet. While no more significant snowfall is expected today, another storm is expected to pass through tomorrow. Heavier snow showers will begin mid-morning tomorrow as low-level flow briefly shifts to the southwest. Northwest flow will return again in the evening, but high moisture availability will allow orographic precipitation to continue beyond the storm passage into Wednesday.

Alta GFS time-height shows the low-level flow shift to the southwest beginning at 18Z tomorrow. Courtesy of Utah Weather: http://weather.utah.edu/index.php?runcode=2021021412&t=gfs0.25&r=ALTA&d=ET

The dynamics of this storm will generally favor the central Wasatch, with higher snow totals expected in the Cottonwoods. Snowfall totals of 10-12 inches are expected through midnight tomorrow. Beyond Monday night, snowfall totals are uncertain. 

The 15Z SREF accumulated snow totals plumes show a large spread after 6Z tomorrow. Courtesy of Utah Weather: http://weather.utah.edu/index.php?runcode=2021021415&t=sref&d=PL&r=CLN

Long term: Unfavorable conditions are expected on Thursday and Friday of this week as a ridge currently over the eastern Pacific shifts into the southwest US. However, the GFS and Euro models are both suggesting the possibility for another storm next weekend. Stay tuned!

Brittany Whitlam

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