What a Day!

Posted Friday, March 29th, 2019 by Pete Saunders

If you didn’t make it up to the mountains today to ski (or board)…well, that’s just a shame. It was pretty DEEP out there. A late season winter storm (which is very common here in Utah) paid us a visit yesterday and today, and dumped a good amount of snow on most Utah ski locations. It also provided a surprising amount of snow in some valley locations as well. I’m sure most of you know about all the downed tree branches and limbs and some of the power outages that made this morning’s commute a nightmare for some.

In the mountains, it wasn’t the fluffy powder that we tend to get in mid-winter, but those cream cheese turns still felt pretty good today! Here are the 48 hour reported snow totals for area ski locations (From north to south):

  • Beaver Mountain: 2″
  • Powder Mountain: 12″
  • Snowbasin: 16″
  • Park City: 5″
  • Deer Valley: 2″
  • Solitude: 12″
  • Brighton: 12″
  • Alta: 13″
  • Snowbird: 12″
  • Sundance: 6″
  • Brian Head: 9″

As that system continues to exit the area, we’ll still see some afternoon snow showers in the Utah mountains (especially in the Cottonwoods) during the afternoon on Saturday. Some of the showers could be pretty intense with some even containing some lightning/thunder. Expect very little in the way of accumulation, though. By Sunday afternoon, ridging will slowly begin settling in (see 500 hPa vorticity chart below) and beautiful, sunny blue bird conditions should be present during the day. Temperatures should be very comfortable through the weekend (low to mid 30s) with little wind.

GFS 500 hPa vorticity forecast from now through next Tuesday morning. Ridging looks like it will dominate the region until mid-week next week.
GFS 500 hPa vorticity forecast from now through next Tuesday morning. Ridging looks like it will dominate the region until mid-week next week. Courtesy: weathernerds.org

The next chance for appreciable mountain snow looks like it could come next week on Tuesday evening as a trough moves into the Intermountain West from the Pacific. We’ll definitely keep an eye on that. In the meantime, enjoy the leftover powder this weekend from our recent storm!

GFS forecast precipitation rate and precipitation type from next Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning. This shows potential for another Pacific storm to make its way through and provide a decent amount of mountain snow.
GFS forecast precipitation rate and precipitation type from next Tuesday afternoon through Thursday morning. This shows potential for another Pacific storm to make its way through and provide a decent amount of mountain snow. Courtesy: tropicaltidbits.com

-Pete

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