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By Evan Thayer, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 6, 2023

Friday Powder


A break in the action for another day before we see light snow return for Thursday with a stronger storm for Friday. Another break on Saturday before we could see another weak wave later on Sunday. Next week looks generally dry.

Short Term Forecast

Today is the last day of high pressure. We will see clouds increase later today and tonight with snow showers developing and moving south through the Wasatch during the morning hours tomorrow. This system is quite weak and total liquid amounts are generally only 0.1-0.25"

Generally 1-2" but perhaps a few favored areas could see 3-4" tomorrow morning. That could be enough to soften turns. 

A break again late Thursday into the night. The next wave arrives by Friday morning. This system is stronger and will bring heavier snowfall to the region on Friday. The total liquid amounts through Saturday morning show a substantial increase:

0.5 to 1.1" in the Wasatch. I think areas favored in NW flow such as LCC could go even higher. That means another 6-12" of snow on top of what fell Thursday. This would have two-day totals of 7-14" for most Wasatch locations with 12-18" in the Cottonwood Canyons

After a break and mostly sunny weather on Saturday, we could see another weak wave for late Sunday. This looks to only bring a few snow showers with perhaps some light accumulation. Overall, total snowfall through Monday morning is not too shabby:

The other good news is that temperatures will be cool so resorts with snowmaking can continue to blow snow. From a powder skiing/riding perspective, Friday looks to be the obvious day with good storm skiing. Saturday should have decent leftovers as well as terrain openings. Thursday and Monday could have pockets of soft from their respective weak waves. But if you're looking for powder, Friday is definitely your best bet. 

Extended Forecast

Next week, we are going to see a general return to dry weather. Some model runs have tried to bring a very weak additional system into the region sometime early to mid-next week but I'm not buying it yet. At best it would just be a few showers. 

I don't really see a concrete pattern change back to storms. Fantasy range continues to hint at something on or just after December 18, but that's a long way out. 

Evan | OpenSnow

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Evan Thayer


To Evan, 'The Greatest Snow on Earth' is more than just a motto - it’s a way of life. In 2010, he started Wasatch Snow Forecast as a way to share the best powder days with his fellow snow-lovers. Evan brings the same quality forecasts and weather discussions to OpenSnow and hopes you enjoy skiing/riding Utah as much as he does.

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