Stormy Times Ahead

Posted Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 by Tom Gowan

Today was mostly cloudy, mild, and windy out ahead of an approaching storm. Tonight, the first of two systems will swing through the region, featuring strong southerly winds and high snow levels. The next, much colder, system will impact the region from Tuesday into Wednesday. In between the two systems precipitation may never truly shut off for more than a few hours.

Precipitation is just now starting to break out over Utah. The intensity will increase overnight as the front approaches from the west. As I stated, snow levels will remain fairly high, around 7,000 ft, with this system, so except creamier than normal turns at the resorts tomorrow. Overall I expect a general 6-12 inches by tomorrow. Slightly greater amounts are possible in the Cottonwoods and down south near Brian Head. The here output below shows the progression of tonights system:

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After tonights system sweeps through we’ll have a brief break tomorrow before periods of precipitation begin to impact northern Utah tomorrow evening. On and off snow will continue in the mountains through the day on Monday. Then from Tuesday through Wednesday, a second colder storm will impact the region. This one has the potation to produce 1-2ft + of light, low density powder. We’ll have more details on this storm over the next couple days. Output from the NAEFS for the Cottonwoods shows that we could be looking at 25-40 inches in the Cottonwoods by midday Wednesday.

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Beyond Wednesday, things continue to look cold and active. Stay tuned. Oh yeah…and GO PATS!

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