Snow Today; Bluebird Tomorrow

Posted Thursday, March 4th, 2021 by Pauline Kneller

TL;DR: Continued snow showers today will bring light amounts of precipitation, about 0.2 inches of water, with a dusting to 3” snow accumulation. Temperatures in the 30s today. Conditions will warm and dry up this weekend.

Nowcast: This small bought of weather that rolled in last night breaks up the high pressure system we’ve seen parked over us earlier this week. Today will remain cloudy with light snow showers this morning and a chance of snow throughout the afternoon—nothing too exciting, accumulation of a dusting up to 3 inches possible. If you’re up enjoying the mountains today, expect some breeze in the 10-15 mph range and temperature highs in the low thirties.

Mid-level water vapor satellite imagery showing the storm system over Utah early this morning. Courtesy of weather.cod.edu

Short-term Forecast: The weather that we’re seeing today is the result of a closed low passing through Utah that broke off from the mean flow coming from the southwest. The low will translate to the southeast leaving our skies clear and pressures high in its wake. Some bluebird days are in store for us the next couple of days (maybe the shoulder season might be rolling in soon?). There is a chance of a weak storm system rolling through Saturday night, bringing light snow showers. Sunday will clear up again.

A textbook ridging pattern centered right over central/western US tomorrow. Courtesy of maps.weatherbell.com

Long-Term Forecast: Models are showing a more active pattern moving into Utah starting early next week, but whether we get snow from it depends on the moisture content in the atmosphere. Right now, things are looking rather dry, but we will know more throughout the weekend. Not all hope for early spring snow is lost. 🙂

Pauline Kneller

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