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By Evan Thayer, Forecaster Posted 13 days ago April 1, 2024

Welcome to April

Summary

March ended with a long-duration storm that brought healthy water and snow totals to Utah. A break for the first few days of April before our next storm brings chances for snow for the weekend.

Short Term Forecast

Our snow showers were much more showery over the past 24 hours, but again certain areas that were favored continued to pile up the snow. Snowbasin was the biggest winner with another 14" falling on the upper mountain and 2.5-day totals of well over 2 feet. Most other Utah resorts reporting 5-8" since yesterday morning which is better than I would have expected -- so I'm happy with that. 

Overall storm totals varied greatly from location to location, but we basically saw anywhere from 12-30" of new snow since Friday afternoon. Most of this was moderate density snow too, so we got some good liquid amounts for our snowpack. We will take a look at the latest snowpack numbers in a minute...

As for the forecast, we may have a few residual snow showers today (Monday) in a northerly flow that will turn northeasterly later today. Daytime heating may aid in the development of some "popcorn" type snow showers in the mountains. I don't expect much, if any, accumulation today. 

Tuesday thru Thursday we will see spring high pressure take control with mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures. The valleys could hit 70F and upper elevation temps should be well into the 40s or even low 50s. Great days to enjoy spring vibes! 

Then, a trough will drop down into California and pass to our southwest as we head into this weekend.

This is a very similar general pattern to what we just saw. That means another period of SW flow into Utah. Models have fallen into general agreement that precip in Utah will begin later on Friday and continue into Saturday. Saturday would almost certainly be the best shot for powder in this scenario. 

This storm isn't going to move as slowly as the previous one, so it won't be as extended of a period of SW flow and probably not as much moisture. Therefore, I don't think amounts will be nearly as high. Right now, the NBM shows the following liquid precip amounts through Sunday morning:

The mountains of Utah show mostly 0.5-1.25" of liquid. We will see how this trends as we get closer. 

Extended Forecast

Beyond next weekend, I have no clue what will happen. Models and their ensembles are all over the place. Some show additional chances for storms, others show high pressure and more consistently dry, warm weather. We will watch and see. 

Snowpack: 

It's April 1. That means we will take a look at our month of March and how that impacted the overall snowpack. March was snowy -- but not extraordinarily so. I like to use Alta-Collins as an example because 1) it's one of the snowiest places in Utah and North America and 2) it has incredibly accurate data going back four decades. Alta-Collins picked up 130" of snow during the month of March. This is roughly 30-35" more than normal. It also received another 10.75" of liquid from that snow. That brings season totals to 51.34" of liquid and 579" of snow -- both of which are now considerably above the season averages through April. Again, that means anything we get this month is just a bonus! 

It's not just LCC that's doing well. The entire state is showing above-average snowpack! 

Very good numbers for all basins in Utah. As you'd expect, the statewide mean snowpack numbers are also excellent:

131% of median for the date and 117% of median peak. Not a blockbuster year like last year, but very, very solid. A good year on top of a record year like last year will go a long way to help fill reservoirs and eradicate any potential drought. All projections show plenty of this water reaching the GSL this spring and summer with water levels rising again! 

Good news all around and it's been a fun season to ski/forecast. I am excited for an April with both warm, sunny weather and hopefully a few more powder days. 

Evan | OpenSnow

P.S. Next update will be Wednesday, April 3. I am going to take Tuesday off unless there is a major change in the forecast for this weekend's storm. 

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Evan Thayer

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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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