Wrapping Things Up

Posted Monday, April 16th, 2018 by Lucas Bohne

While skiing in the Wasatch will continue for weeks to come, this is our last scheduled forecast of the 2017-2018 season. Most resorts have had closing day festivities and shut down their bullwheels over the last several weekends or have switched to a limited schedule. The following lists resorts that still have plans to remain open:

Resort Scheduled Closing
Alta Sunday, May 6 (weekends only)
Brighton Sunday, April 22
Snowbird TBD (First Weekend in May?)

Alta wrapped up their weekday openings yesterday, but still hopes to provide some skiing the next few weekends. Brighton has 6 days left for their 2017-18 season. Snowbird doesn’t have a defined closing date, but I’d guess they’ll try to stay open at least though the first weekend in May (#LongestSeasonInUtah).

However, we still have snow on the way starting this evening! A cold front is racing across the Great Basin this afternoon and will bring some precipitation as it passes through Northern Utah. It’s also pretty windy, warm, and dusty out there! Temperatures are near freezing at ~11k feet and Mt. Baldy has been reporting southerly gusts to near 70 mph. Here’s a view from Hidden Peak looking down into the Salt Lake Valley.

12:15 pm view toward the WNW from Hidden Peak at Snowbird. (http://prismcam.com/demos/snowbird-peaks/)
12:15 pm view toward the WNW from Hidden Peak at Snowbird. (http://prismcam.com/demos/snowbird-peaks/)

As far as snow totals for overnight and into Tuesday, it won’t be a major storm, but some favorable postfrontal cold air and moist NW flow Tuesday morning may bump up the amounts (possibility for some lake effect exists). I’m going to go with around 3-6″ this evening and overnight, and maybe up to an additional 3-6″ if we really get some postfrontal goodies on Tuesday. Tomorrow should be a fun day with a little dust on crust!

It’s looking to get much warmer after this storm and as we progress through the second half of April, with possibility of a hint of precipitation later this week.

GEFS Ensemble for SLC through the end of April expecting warmth - 16APR00Z model run. (http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/show_diagrams.php?geoid=135917&model=gfs&var=205&run=00&lid=ENS&bw=)
16APR00Z model run of GEFS Ensemble for SLC through the end of April expecting warmth to dominate (http://www.wetterzentrale.de/en/show_diagrams.php?geoid=135917&model=gfs&var=205&run=00&lid=ENS&bw=)

Thanks for your readership of Utah Ski Weather – we really appreciate it! We’ll be back in the fall to give forecasts for the 2018-2019 season!

-Lucas

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