TL;DR: A low pressure trough has made its way into the region and will bring 1-2 feet of snow to Wasatch resorts Thursday-Friday. Expect plenty of powder to shred Christmas day with temperatures in the mid 20’s! There are multiple waves of weather coming, the first starts on Thursday morning and goes into Friday night. Keep your eye on the forecast over this next week to keep up with everything. Thursday’s storm will push out the haze and pollution residing over the valley leaving us with fresh air.
Nowcast: Today will have full cloud coverage before the storm hits. Some resorts saw a bit of snowfall overnight. Wind speeds will ramp up once the storm hits this afternoon. Before heading into the mountains make sure to check the UDOT website for current road conditions and hazards. Be careful if you are venturing into the backcountry and check Utah Avalanche Center before heading out as they have posted a heads-up stating avalanche danger will greatly increase over the next couple days.
Short-Term Forecast: Snowfall will continue through Friday night gifting us with a predicted 1-2 feet of snow. Thursday is expected to get windy with gusts peaking near 65 mph at ridgelines and mean winds of 20-35 mph from the SW. Temperatures will be in the mid 20’s on Thursday and Friday at ski resorts. Models from Univ Utah show no chance of Lake Effect Snow from the weather coming in on Thursday-Friday. This low-pressure trough will remain in the region through next week keeping temperatures cold.
Long Term Forecast: More snow will begin to fall Saturday night after the break of snowfall on Christmas day. This surge will last until Sunday evening and will add another 6 – 12”. Soon after we will see even more snowfall starting Monday morning adding around 6 – 10”. Throughout these storms we will see ridgelines with mean windspeeds around 20 – 30 mph and gusts up to 50 mph from the SW. Temperatures will drop to the teens at the beginning of next week and steadily decline to around 10-15 degrees. The GFS shows this low-pressure trough staying in the region for the foreseeable future so expect weather on and off for the next week.
Brighton has announced on twitter the first 85 fully dressed Santa Clauses will ski for free Christmas Day!
Snowfall Forecasts (Thursday-Friday):
Brighton/Solitude: 15” – 25”
Alta/Snowbird: 15” – 25”
Park City Base: 10” – 20”
Park City Summit: 15” – 25”
Deer Valley: 10” – 20”