The hits keep on coming with another system late today into tonight. 5-10" for most mountains is possible. A glancing blow Monday into Tuesday could add light amounts. Stronger storm looking likely for Friday into Saturday of next week. Temps remain cold with snow levels a non-issue.
Short Term Forecast
I don't miss too many powder days, but I've been under the weather and a tweaked my knee somehow earlier this week. So I decided not to ski yesterday. I heard some tales of great conditions particularly at Snowbasin, where an astonishing 21" of snow fell! Other locations across the state generally ranged from 5-13". The snow just kept falling in the lower valleys yesterday, even the airport picked up 6" of snow.
Over the past two weeks, we've finally gotten a taste of winter and to be honest, I like it and I just want more.
Good news! We've got more on the way starting as early as this morning in far northern Utah near the Idaho border and spreading south by the afternoon. This is a quick moving system but it should deliver at least several hours of moderate to heavy snow followed by a post-frontal period of showers to areas favored by NW flow. In general, I think 4-8" is most likely for most mountains, but the Cottonwoods could see more. Sunday should feature great skiing/riding with fresh snow on top of fresh snow with plenty of cold air to keep the quality high.
We do have another system for Monday into early Tuesday, but this system is dropping too far to our west and I don't think they'll be much moisture associated with this system. I think we're looking at a few inches at best out of the Monday/Tuesday storm.
A break Wednesday into Thursday before a BIGGER storm for late in the week. GFS and Euro have come into better agreement, finding a middle ground from yesterday morning's runs.
Euro remains optimistic, especially for the northern half of the state:
GFS is quite similar, also showing solid amounts:
At this point it looks like another soft and powdery weekend could be in store next weekend as well.
Looking at the overall pattern, it does look like it will start to slowly change beyond next weekend. Our persistent trough over the west is retrograding out into the eastern Pacific, with another trough developing over the eastern US. Utah is left in no-man's land between the two troughs with weak ridging overhead. I don't think this will be a long-term deal, but we could see a week or so break from the active weather.
Evan | OpenSnow
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