Weekend Refresh

Posted Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 by Nathan Tarino

TL;DR: No real powder prospects in Utah until Saturday, when a small storm will bring back chances for modest snow accumulations. The forecast isn’t promising thereafter.

Nowcast: Today was a beautiful one in the mountains. Blue skies and relatively warm temperatures graced the slopes across the state. I found wonderful smooth skiing on Monday, and presume riding has only improved since then with Tuesday’s new snow.

Short Term Forecast: A weak storm will brush the northern extreme of the Wasatch on Thursday, but won’t bring anything more than a few clouds and stronger winds tonight into tomorrow. Other than that, generally pleasant weather until Friday evening.

Longer Range: By Friday, a trough will approach the American and Canadian Pacific coasts:

This weekend’s trough evident in blue shading and cyclonically curved height lines over the Pac. NW & Canadian Coast.
Courtesy of Pivotal Weather

By midnight Friday our trough will have split, the southern piece heading straight overhead:

Bullseye!
Courtesy of Pivotal Weather

The arrival of this feature should mean a period of snow beginning sometime late Friday (probably after lifts stop spinning for the day) and lasting into Saturday. For now, expect 3-6″ of snow, but keep an eye on the forecast over the next few days – should things fall into place, Saturday could be surprisingly fun.

After our weekend storm, guidance suggests a break from snow is likely until sometime around mid-month.

-Nathan

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