Utah Daily Snow
By Evan Thayer, Forecaster Posted 5 months ago October 4, 2023
After snow to start this week, we are now settling down under the control of high pressure. We may have a chance for light snow again middle of next week.
Short Term Forecast
As expected, we saw cool weather and snow showers in the high elevations to start this week. Highest amounts were above 9000ft in the Wasatch and Uintas. Hard to say how much fell in the remote high Uinta, but I did get a report of somebody camping on Monday saying they had 8". Snowbird snow stake also shows 6" this morning:
Over the past 48 hours, we've had periods where the snow would settle a bit, then stack up another inch, then settle, then stack. My guess is that if you measured in 6-hour increments, as you're allowed to do in snow reporting, then we'd have received something in the region of 8-9" of snow total on the Upper Mountain. Snowfall at the base elevations was significantly less.
Still, the past few days has been gold (literally) for photographers and hikers seeing beautiful scenery. I never tire of the sight of fresh snow with fall foliage (snowliage). One scroll through outdoor social media here in Utah and you'll find a treasure trove of fantastic images.
A few showers are lingering this morning (Wednesday) but we should generally clear out by this afternoon. Gorgeous, warm, calm weather is on tap for this weekend as high pressure regains control. Temps should climb to near 80 in the lower valleys with temps in the upper 50s and 60s in the mountains. Perfect weather to get up and enjoy the peak foliage.
Next week, we have another potential trough. The GFS has been waffling back and forth on whether this trough maintains its strength as it moves toward Utah out of the northwest. The Euro has been a bit more consistent showing it reaching us with enough strength to bring some showers and mountain snow. Here are the individual ensembles for the ECMWF (Euro):
You can see that almost all ensembles have us getting something, but the vast majority bring only light precip to the mountains of northern Utah. Still, its likely we get a cooldown of temperatures and perhaps another light coat of snow in the mountains.
I'm really getting excited for winter!
Evan | OpenSnow