Weekend In Review:
Overall, it was an impressive weekend and start to 2019 for snow in Northern Utah. Additional accumulations piled up overnight and during the day today, with snow generally winding down across the area this evening. Added to snow totals from Saturday/Sunday, feet have fallen in the Wasatch in the last 48 hours. Here are some updated totals:
- Brighton : 30″
- Alta Collins: 28″
- Sundance: 26″
- Deer Valley: 21″
- Park City Mountain Resort: 20″
- Snowbasin: 20″
The Next Few Days:
A gorgeous and massive Pacific cyclone is spinning away off the coast of the western United States, as seen in pre-operational satellite imagery from GOES 17 (below). This broad storm system is forecast to move northward as it impacts the west coast and moves inland, so northern Utah looks like it will miss out on most of the precipitation associated with this system at this time. However, current model guidance does show that as it treks inland we could see some light accumulations as the brunt of it skirts to our northwest on Thursday, but uncertainty still remains.
Good news is that we are sitting near normal for accumulated precipitation and for snow water equivalent of the snowpack (SWE) based on most SNOTEL stations in Utah. These exclude any additional precipitation since the beginning of the day today (which was about 0.5″ of water in the upper Cottonwoods).
The Next Storm:
More good news is that it isn’t looking like an extended break from storms. We shouldn’t have to deal with too much pollution buildup this week, as inversion conditions that set up don’t appear to be too strong or prolonged. Our next period of active weather has potential to begin after this coming weekend, around the 15th of the month.
Be safe out there whether in-bounds or in the backcountry with this new snow and wind – some dangerous avalanche conditions exist! Check out avalanche forecasts & observations at the Utah Avalanche Center (https://utahavalanchecenter.org/) before you go, and check back with us in the coming days to get updates about Thursday’s snow amounts and potential for mid-month precipitation.