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By Evan Thayer, Forecaster Posted 1 month ago February 26, 2024

Storm Arrives Today and Tonight

Summary

Clouds increase today and showers develop in the mountains this afternoon. A strong cold front will sweep through the area overnight tonight into early Tuesday with cold air and wind in its wake. Another storm is likely to arrive this weekend.

Short Term Forecast

We had another spring-like day yesterday but clouds and winds are on the increase on this Monday morning. Beautiful sunrise up on Hidden Peak:

We should have a windy day up there. Showers are likely to gradually increase throughout the day in a southwest flow. Temps will remain mild today with snow levels up near 7000 feet. This evening, the front moves into far northern Utah, then works its way south through the overnight hours. This is going to bring a period of heavy snow and rapidly dropping temps tonight. 

Tomorrow, a northwest flow should keep snow showers going in a much colder airmass. We are also going to see wind continue tomorrow behind the front. Expect cold, windy conditions. 

As for snow totals, we've seen amounts continue a downward trend for the past 4 days now. This whole month has been characterized by storms that have continued to look better with time, so it's new to see one going the other way. You can see that NBM amounts are down another ~25% from where they were yesterday:

It looks like the front moves through northern Utah quickly, limiting the period of heaviest snow. Then stalls and restrengthens a bit over central Utah. Unfortunately, there aren't any ski areas in the region. Here is a close up view of the Wasatch:

Liquid amounts are generally 0.5-1" now. There could be a few pockets that go higher in the Cottonwoods with a good NW flow, but generally elsewhere is looking at 6-12" of snow by Tuesday night. Again, if anybody goes higher, I'd expect it to be LCC. 

We will see tranquil weather return Wednesday and Thursday. 

Extended Forecast

Our next storm arrives in time for the weekend. We will see a moist SW flow develop by Friday, likely with gusty winds. This storm is going to wallop the Sierra Nevada, with the best moisture extending northeast from Tahoe toward the Tetons. Utah will get scraps, and they could be significant scraps, but scraps nonetheless. 

The main storm is expected to arrive in Utah by Saturday afternoon and continue through Sunday. We may see an unstable northwest flow keeps snow showers going through Monday. From Friday to Monday, total precip looks to be decent:

Again, notice the huge amounts in the Sierra with an extension of heavy precip up toward the Tetons. 

At this point, temps look to be mild on Friday, cooling on Saturday, and downright cold on Sunday. Early indications show the best chance for a powder day to be Sunday with bonus NW-flow powder possible on Monday. It's a good way to start March!

Beyond that, hard to say. Generally, the western US stays active along the coast but hard to know how much makes it to Utah. Later next week, about half the ensembles show additional storm energy and half keep us dry. We shall see. 

Evan | OpenSnow

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