Short, but Sweet

Posted Monday, December 30th, 2019 by Tanner Visnick

TL; DR. Lingering clouds remain over the Wasatch today as we transition to drier weather for the next 48 hours . Snow will start Wednesday morning and before midday Thursday the Cottonwoods could see upwards of two feet. High pressure builds into the weekend.

Current Conditions. Good morning Utah skiers and riders. Conditions this morning are overcast with a cloud layer ~9,000 feet. Below are web cam shots from Alta and DV showing similar conditions on both sides of the crest. Wasatch resorts picked up between 0-5 inches over the past 24 hours with the highest amounts at Alta/Snowbird.

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Tuesday – Thursday: Conditions will clear this afternoon with lingering clouds over the mountains. Tuesday will be a perfect day to rip around on groomer skis with partly sunny conditions and soft corduroy. Then, the fun begins. Starting Wednesday morning, a trough moves into the region and the models have been trending upwards on this one. Below is the latest SREF ensemble forecast for Alta Collins. As you can see, the spread between the members is still quite large, but all but one member is showing over 10 inches so Thursday will be a solid powder day. Winds will be primarily out of the NW so LCC should come out on top. Expect 6-12 inches east of the crest, 12-18 in BCC, and 18-24 in LCC.

Image courtesy of the University of Utah

Long Range: Unfortunately, it looks like it will dry out after Thursday with high pressure building into the weekend. As Andy mentioned yesterday, there was disagreement on the location of moisture for Friday, but now it looks like most of it will be to our north. However, don’t count out the possibility of a few flakes leading into Saturday. The next chance for a significant storm is Thursday, Jan 9th as a trough moves over the west. Keep those fingers crossed.

Image courtesy of Weather Bell

Thanks for reading,

-Tanner Visnick


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