Some light snow this week

Posted Sunday, March 7th, 2021 by CJ Sawyer

TL;DR: A warm start to the week will be followed by some mid-week snow showers. Nothing significant coming for now.

Nowcast: Very warm conditions out there yesterday and today. SLC hit 70 degrees yesterday tying a record for the date. The mountains were also very warm with the base at Alta pushing 50 degrees. Today, expect similar conditions though maybe not quite as warm.

Hidden Peak at Snowbird – Snowbird.com

Short-Term Forecast: SW flow increases again tonight and tomorrow leading to another windy and warm day Monday. This is ahead of a longwave trough dropping into the western US mid-week. Most of the energy looks to dig south of northern Utah at this point, but there remains a chance for light snow starting Monday night. Maybe an inch or two is possible during the Monday night to Tuesday morning timeframe. The SREF plumes below for Alta illustrate the very low snow totals initially.

Ensemble spread for Alta – weather.utah.edu

Long-Term Forecast: Later Tuesday into Wednesday, snow chances get better and provide the best chance for more accumulating snow. After that, attention shifts to southern Utah where higher snow totals look likely in the late week period. Looking further ahead, toughing may continue next week with better chances for snow, but uncertainty exists. We’ll keep watching it!

-CJ Sawyer

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