Our weekend storm delivered as expected with up to 18" of new snow in the Cottonwoods. The rest of the Wasatch saw generally 4-10" of snow. A generally quiet pattern will setup after today, although we have some chances for lighter snow amounts.
Short Term Forecast
The storm moved thru and brought snow, as expected, to the mountains of Northern Utah. Highest amounts were in LCC and BCC (also as expected). Really hard to get an exact amount but I think 18" in upper LCC is a good estimate. You can see this photo I snapped yesterday morning from Alta:
The water content up at Alta-Collins was 1.52" since Saturday afternoon which seems about right for 18+" of snow. A good, but not unprecedented, October snow storm!
I saw that many of my friends were up making turns yesterday. Obviously, be careful in early season conditions and stick to only grassy slopes that you know do not contain hazards. No point ending your season now before it's even begun!
The storm started to clear out yesterday, as you can see by the Snowbird camera last night at 6:20pm:
A beautiful sunset up there with lots of low-hanging clouds draping the peaks. Last night, however, a secondary wave moved in and it has fired up a few light snow showers in northern Utah this morning. You can see the additional accumulation overnight at Logan Canyon Summit:
These showers down near Salt Lake are getting just a touch of lake enhancement. They should clear out by noon today.
We will see gradual warming thru Wednesday, however, systems will graze us middle of this week and cool us back down a bit. I don't expect much more than clouds from these brush-by systems. We then warm up again heading into the weekend.
We start next weekend warm, but we could see a system drop down into the area late Sunday (27th) or Monday (28th). Yesterday, the models flirted with the idea of this system picking up some moisture off the Pacific with the remains of a tropical system. Today, they are not showing that. The GFS largely keeps us dry while the Euro brings light amounts to the state. Either way, it does look like it will get significantly cooler to start next week, but big snow looks unlikely thru the end of October. Hopefully the pattern changes as we head into November!
Evan | OpenSnow
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