Winter Continues

Posted Thursday, March 28th, 2019 by usw_admin

We will return to a couple of days of cooler and wetter weather to end the week and start the weekend.

A weak band of precipitation moved through the area this morning, but any accumulations were extremely light. As the day has progressed the higher cloud decks have headed toward the east and we have been left with some fluffy cumulus clouds from daytime heating.

GOES True-color imagery showing cumulus clouds over the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountains. The band of precipitation that will be impacting us later this evening is currently located in eastern Nevada. (College of DuPage NEXLAB Satellite and Radar).
GOES True-color imagery showing cumulus clouds over the Salt Lake Valley and the Wasatch Mountains. The band of precipitation that will be impacting us later this evening is currently located in eastern Nevada. (College of DuPage NEXLAB Satellite and Radar).

We are expecting rain and snow to move into the area later this evening around sundown. This area of precipitation is currently coming together over eastern Nevada – visible by the bank of clouds in the above animation. We could see some thunder and lightning as the main portion of this band moves through as well. A moist lower atmosphere with some clearing and a bit of northwest flow should keep some instability snow showers going throughout the day on Friday.

Snow amounts through Friday should be a nice revival to the spring snowpack. The upper Cottonwoods can expect about 6-12″ with locally higher amounts possible. Park City areas should fare decently as well, especially at higher elevations, with 4-8″ expected. Snowbasin and Sundance aren’t likely to see as much accumulation with about 3-6″ and 2-4″ expected, respectively. Winter Weather Advisories from the National Weather Service were just issued for the mountains, Wasatch Back, and SW Wyoming from this evening through mid-morning Friday. Valley locations should remain rain, except for a short period when snow could mix in and lead to light accumulations (especially on benches) Friday morning.

Expect somewhat quieter conditions for the weekend, but some light snow showers remain possible at times (mainly Saturday). A little bit of a rebound in temperatures is possible early next week, but winter doesn’t seem to be over anytime soon for our mountains. Ensembles are suggesting another storm for the middle of next week followed by an unsettled pattern for several days thereafter.

-Lucas

 

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