Sierra Cement to Utah Powder

Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 by Tom Gowan

Snow levels remained relatively high today as periods of precipitation moved through the region during the south-westerly flow portion of our current system. Snow levels appear to have generally remained around 7.5k ft. I didn’t make it up to ski today, but considering that the Alta-Collins site is reporting 6″ of snow and 0.85″ liquid, I can bet it was thick and creamy.

On and off periods of precipitation will continue through midday tomorrow. Snow levels will gradually lower to around 6k ft, so precipitation at all resorts should be snow down to their bases. Simulated reflectivity output from the HRRR depicts this nicely:

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By tomorrow evening I expect an additional 5-10 inches across the central and northern Wasatch, with greatest amounts in the Cottonwoods.

A much colder storm will impact northern Utah from late Thursday night through the day on Friday.  This system will bring snow to the valley floor and low density powder to the mountains. Another moderate snowfall looks likely with this storm. A general 7-11 inches looks likely across the central and northern Wasatch. A band may set up over the Cottonwoods and a bit to the south, which may enhance totals. Overall, Friday should be  a good storm day powder day.

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Things look to remain active as we head into next, although the action may be focused on the southern half of the state. Stay tuned for details.

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