Warmer and drier conditions have returned to Northern Utah after several days of unstable weather that brought some much needed snow. Ridgelines across the Wasatch observed temperatures up into the 30s today (sounds like a heatwave compared to where I’ve been for the holidays where it has struggled to make it out of the single digits for the last week). If we check out the SNOTEL stations for the western United States, however, our region is still below average as many other posts have pointed out. The snowiest places compared to climatological normals so far this season are confined to northern Idaho, western Montana, and northwestern Wyoming.
Looking ahead for these last few days of 2017, there seems to be one chance of a quick storm for northern Utah. As Marcel mentioned yesterday, it’s modeled to enter our area Saturday afternoon. It’ll be quick and hardly a snowmaker for us – maybe a couple inches in the luckiest of places in the Northern Wasatch. Moisture is expected to move out of our area quickly by midday Sunday, but some dust on crust may be in store for New Years’ Eve Day.
Ridging and associated calm weather looks to build back into our area for the beginning of the week. Models are hinting that ridging may break down toward the end of next week and for next weekend but since it’s so far out we will just need to cross our fingers for another period of more active weather! Have a great weekend!