Winter Returns!!

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 by Trey Alvey

Hope y’all haven’t put the skis and heavy jackets away quite yet cuz winter’s coming back! After a 2 week + drought for snow in the Wasatch, the switch has finally been flipped and winter’s coming back with vengeance. The first of a series of storms (at least 3 – see below) to impact Northern Utah will begin late tonight/early tomorrow.

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Expect a couple inches of snow by the end of Wednesday at high elevations above 9000 feet. Otherwise temperatures will still be a little too warm for snow in areas like Park City below mid-mountain. The good news is that 700 mb temperatures will be cooling and the GFS has been trending a little colder (-7C, though NAM is warmer around -3C and European in the middle at -5C). Overall, it won’t be blower by any means but certainly colder temperatures than we’ve seen of late with fairly significant accumulations above 7500 feet. Right now I’m expecting 6-12 inches – though if the latest European model run were to verify then we’d probably hit the upper end of the range if not a little higher.

On Friday things will clear out for what should be a beautiful bluebird day. Then on Saturday storm #2 moves into Northern Utah producing a quicker hitting snowfall – however, totals still should be decent. Sunday will provide another brief break followed by storm #3 into Monday-Tuesday.

European model snowfall totals for the next 10 days
European model snowfall totals for the next 10 days

Summary

Wednesday – Dust on crust

Thursday – Storm day (could be getting good in the afternoon)

Friday – Bluebird

Saturday – Storm day

Sunday – Break in the action

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