More Snow on the Horizon

Posted Monday, January 6th, 2020 by Taylor McCorkle

TLDR: High pressure settles in and will persist through Tuesday. A weak system moves quickly across Utah on Wednesday and another storm poised to arrive Saturday. Overall, the pattern looks good for the next 7-10 days!

This past weekend it was windy with some intermittent clouds.. Not the best ski conditions, but it did allow for some awesome sunsets! Here’s a picture I snagged on I-15 on Saturday evening. These pancake-like clouds above the Wasatch peaks are called Lenticular Clouds!

This morning, a fresh snow/graupel mix covered the grass and sidewalks. We warmed into the upper 30’s by the afternoon, so this coating melted off rather quickly. Over the next 24 hours, we will experience some ridging before our next disturbance rolls through.

Short-Term Forecast:
On Wednesday arrive, a weak disturbance will arrive and move quickly across Northern Utah. This trough will drop freezing levels to the valley floor, though accumulations at all elevations are expected to be light. The main feature of this trough will be the moisture it brings, and ultimately leaves behind after its departure.

Continuous, light snowfall is expected in the mountains through the end of the work week. The excess moisture and northwest flow will result in orographically-enhanced precipitation in favored areas, like the Cottonwoods. Friday morning through Friday night will be relatively quiescent, with the next trough set to arrive on Saturday. The details on this storm will become more certain as the week progresses.

Here’s a glimpse of the accumulated snow potential through the end of the week, as forecasted by the NAEFS Ensemble. Should be a nice weekend for skiing… Now to survive the work week. Enjoy!

-Taylor

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