THIS is what Spring weather should be

Posted Friday, March 24th, 2017 by Peter Veals

Yesterday’s storm was quite impressive, and probably came as quite a shock to those of you already in warm-weather mode! Alex’s forecast verified well, as snowfall totals above 7,000ft were generally in the 5-10″ range. This isn’t a super impressive storm by that metric, but Salt Lake airport saw its wettest March day EVER with nearly 2″ of liquid falling. That’s 1/8 of our normal yearly precipitation in a single day! And curiously, <1″ of liquid fell at many sites in the mountains. A particularly strong band of precip set up across the state, and the airport happened to be located under the band.

 

Today is a nice break in the action, with bluebird skies and light winds. I suspect the skiing was pretty good this afternoon before things heated up.

 

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The view from Snowbasin this afternoon

Fortunately, this break will be short-lived, and another storm rolls in tomorrow (Sat) morning. It won’t be very cold, or very strong, but it’ll be a nice refresher. Expect 4-8″ at most resorts by Saturday night.

Precipitation Forecast from ECMWF model
Precip forecast through Saturday night from the EC model

The next storm comes Monday, and it looks strong, but quick-hitting. The pattern looks to remain active after that.

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