Snow continued to fall yesterday, particularly in LCC, where over 30" of snow has fallen. Today we will see gradual clearing. High pressure takes control Friday into the weekend with rapidly warming temperatures. Dry and warm into early next week.
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Short Term Forecast
The skiing yesterday was amazing, especially in LCC. I had some of the best runs of the season until my binding broke in the afternoon and I ended up walking down the mountain on my last run. Still, I won't complain for a second -- an amazing day. And.... It has snowed 15-17" in LCC overnight on top of already epic conditions. That puts storm totals in LCC at over 30". Here is the snowbird snow stake being buried:
As you can imagine, the road is closed this morning so don't expect an easy time getting up there.
Elsewhere, Brian Head also cleaned up with 24" in the past 24 hours and 29" storm total! The NW flow was kind to the southern Utah mountains as well. In Northern Utah outside of LCC, we generally saw closer to the forecast with 6-14" reported at most resorts. Another exception is Pow Mow with 22" storm total. Looking at their snow stake cam, it also looks like they had some wind.
If you remember back to Tuesday, I said the NW flow would be something of a wild card behind the front. This will definitely go down as one of the times the NW worked its magic and we crushed the forecasted amounts in NW flow favored areas.
Today, we could see a few more snow showers, but we are gradually clearing out. Then high pressure takes control on Friday and we will see rapid warming with sunny skies this weekend. First real taste of spring skiing and the first completely dry and sunny weekend in a long time!
High pressure remains in control to start next week. It's not until late in the week (22nd of March) that we could see a closed low meander into the region and bring a chance for showers. This first system doesn't look significant. We will have to wait and see if it opens the door for additional storms into the last week of the month. The good news is that we have already seen above average snowfall for the month of March at many Utah resorts thanks to our big first half of the month! We are essentially guaranteed an above-average snowfall year at almost all locations statewide. Everything from here on out is just a bonus!
Evan | OpenSnow
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