Mild Weekend

Posted Friday, March 26th, 2021 by Brittany Whitlam

TL;DR: Convective showers under northwest flow may bring another inch or two through the end of the day for the Cottonwoods and Provo Canyon. Dry and mild conditions will prevail through this weekend. 

Sundance this morning. Courtesy of Sundance Mountain Resort:

Nowcast: Snow showers are beginning to wind down this morning over the Wasatch range. Post-frontal northwest flow is allowing some convective showers to continue over Provo Canyon this morning. Sundance was the real winner overnight, racking up an additional 6 inches since the lifts stopped spinning yesterday. LCC was close behind with an additional 5 inches overnight. Any additional snowfall over the Wasatch this afternoon is expected to be spotty and light. Expect these showers to wrap up by sunset. 

Radar loop over northern Utah this morning shows snow showers winding down over the Wasatch. Courtesy of COD NEXLAB:

Short term: This season gave us a new storm system nearly every weekend, but that will unfortunately not be the case this weekend. High pressure will build in overnight, allowing dry and mild conditions to prevail through Monday. Clouds will begin to break this evening, giving way to mostly sunny skies through the weekend. Temps will gradually warm as well, with highs reaching the low 40s in the upper elevations by Monday.

Long term: A dry cold front is expected to pass through northern Utah on Monday. This cold front, associated with a potent trough that originated from Siberia, will leave substantially cooler temperatures in its wake. Gusty winds will precede this front as pressure gradients tighten as it digs into our region. Unfortunately, this system lacks sufficient moisture and will produce little to no precipitation. High pressure will build in behind this system and persist through the end of the forecast period. 

Alta time-height shows the dry cold front passage on Monday morning as wind picks up and shifts to the southwest. Courtesy of Utah Weather:

Brittany Whitlam

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