Today we will see a continuation of high elevation snow showers. After a short break early Saturday, another system will bring additional snow showers to the mountains Saturday night and Sunday. High pressure takes control again for early next week.
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Short Term Forecast
Hey guys, dealing with an illness this morning so no full forecast... Expect snow to develop tonight into early Sunday with 3-6" of snow in the mountains...
We've continued to see off and on snow showers in the high elevations of Utah. Southern and Central Utah continued to be favored during the day yesterday. Both Eagle Point and Brian Head are over a foot storm total. In Northern Utah, we've also seen accumulations. The Cottonwoods are generally in the 6-7" range so far with 2-5" elsewhere. Snow continues currently in the Northern Wasatch (north of I-80). A broad area of rain and snow in far northern Utah will pivot and track southeast again thru the day. You can see this occurring on the simulated HRRR radar:
You can see how rain and mountain snow fill back in around the SLC/Cottonwoods/PC area later this morning. There are even some strong storms possible in the afternoon with daytime heating. I would not be surprised to have some very heavy snow squalls in the mountains with perhaps some lightning and thunder as well. Conditions won't be deep today, but there will definitely be some soft snow -- and conditions can improve rapidly if you get hit by a heavy snow shower.
A break late tonight into early Saturday, then the next storm arrives later in the day tomorrow. Snow showers in the high elevations (above 6500 feet) will continue thru Saturday night into Sunday. Again, not a strong storm by any means, but 4-8" of new snow is possible with perhaps a bit more in select areas if we get lucky. Sunday should be a good, if not modest, powder day.
We will clear out and warm up starting on Monday and last thru Wednesday. To our west, we will have storm systems trying to progress inland. These storms won't have much luck initially -- however, on Thursday (28th), the forecast models agree that we will see storm energy successfully crossing the Great Basin and into Utah. Models have been consistent with this storm and timing for a few days now so confidence is growing. It does not look like a major storm, but another moderate snow-producer looks likely.
Overall, heading into April, the pattern looks to remain active. However, as is typical in spring, the strength and frequency of the storms is generally not as great as we were seeing for much of the winter. Still, we should get modest refreshers with really fun spring days in between. Not a bad recipe!
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