The past 48 hours have been a much-needed soaking for our parched mountains. Unfortunately that soaking came primarily in the form of rain for elevations below 8,000 ft. Cooler air has been working in and snow levels have been dropping throughout the day, but the precipitation is wrapping up and should be finished by this evening. So probably a net loss of snow and snow-water-equivalent (SWE) in the lower and middle elevation snowpack , but a huge boost up high. Some (approximate) totals from high elevation sites:
Alta-Collins: 15″ Snow, 1.8″ SWE
Snowbasin-Boardwalk, 5″ Snow, 1.5″ SWE (some rain likely)
Timpanogos Divide SNOTEL: 2″ SWE
Snowbird SNOTEL: 2″ SWE
Ben Lomond Peak SNOTEL: 3.6″ SWE
Powder Mountain: 1.1″ SWE
Brighton Crest: 18″ Snow
Brighton SNOTEL: 1.5″ SWE
Above the snow line, it looks like there are some nice creamy turns to be had, and things are filling in nicely:
— Solitude Mountain Resort (@SolitudeMTN) January 10, 2018
Short Term Forecast
The next storm is following hot on the heels, but unfortunately it doesn’t look to be a major snowmaker. Expect a brief lull tomorrow (Thursday) with some lingering clouds, and then snow showers beginning tomorrow afternoon/evening up along the border in the far northern Wasatch/Bear River Range. These showers will intensify and spread down to the central and southern Wasatch briefly Friday morning, before tapering off later Friday. I’d say 3-6″ up near the border (Beaver Mountain), with 1-3″ in the central Wasatch/SLC/Park City resorts.
A ridge builds in over the weekend and looks to last into the early part of next week. This means sunshine and warm temps. Enjoy!