Good morning! Well, after being flat on my back, sicker than I've been in years, it's nice to feel a little better and back at what I love doing, and that's forecasting the weather. The good news is that high pressure is moving in after this last storm cycle and we can get out and enjoy the great ski conditions or really anything you'd like to get out and do. The high pressure moving into the area should be with us through much of next week with the next system due into the area
Good morning! So far, only some really light snow this morning, and I've had about an inch of new snow with this system. The winds are still southerly in the Salt Lake Valley and there's a surface low on the north end of the Great Salt Lake. I expect that once this feature moves across the area, snowfall intensities will increase by late morning and continue through the afternoon. We're looking at 3 inches of new snow, but as much as 5 inches is possible. There's one more system to move across the area, and it will bring snow tomorrow and tomorrow night, and we're looking at another 3 to 5 inches in the Snyderville Basin and Park City, and even more at the upper elevations of the resorts. SO, be safe and we have a couple of awesome weather days to enjoy the new snow, and those would be Friday and Saturday.
One system down and 2 more to go! There's still some snow showers around, but yesterday's system is now over into Colorado. Or next storm system is moving into the Pacific Northwest, and will move into the area around midnight or a little after with snow developing and continuing through tomorrow. Accumulations from Park City to the Snyderville Basin will be in the 3 to 5 inch range, but another 6 to 8 inches across the upper portion of the resorts. One more system on Wednesday, and it should be very similar to the one tomorrow with another 3 or 4 inches, and 6 to 8 inches higher up. By the end of the week, high pressure will be over us Friday and into Saturday.
Good morning!!! A cold front will be moving across the area today, and should push into the Salt Lake Valley between 10 AM and Noon, then into Park City between 11 AM and 1 PM. Snow will develop near and behind the cold front, then continue through the evening with snow accumulations over the Snyderville Basin up to Park City in the 3 to 6 inch range, BUT the higher elevations will receive 6 to 8 inches. After a break later tonight and much of tomorrow, another fairly moist storm system will move across northern Utah later Monday night and Tuesday. Any areas that favor a northwest flow (like Alta and Snowbird along with the upper parts of the Canyons and Park City) will receive significant accumulations. By the end of the week and into the weekend, high pressure will move back into the Great Basin.
We're between two different flow patterns with one system passing to the south of us today, then a much colder system moving into the Pacific Northwest today, and pushing a cold front into our area tomorrow afternoon. Clouds will be increasing today, but overall any precipitation will be very light. Now, the cold front tomorrow is a different story and we should see a solid period of snowfall in the afternoon and evening. In fact, we'll see some snow showers in the morning, but accumulations should be less than an inch. Let's say, from noon until midnight, and this should be the period of heaviest snowfall with accumulations from the town down into the Basin of 3 to 6 inches, but 6 to 10 inches across the upper part of the mountain. The pattern looks cold and unsettled through Wednesday with periods of snow or snow showers. All in all, a very good period for snowfall.
Well, the upper portion of the resorts received 3 or 4 inches of new snow from the first system, but the air mass was just a tad too warm for much snow in the Snyderville Basin. We're going to have to wait for the main cold front on Sunday afternoon and evening for a more significant period of snowfall. The snow or snow showers will continue into Monday with total accumulations in Park City down into the Basin of 4 to 8 inches, and 8 to 12 inches across the upper portion of the resorts!
The first system is moving across the area now, and we'll see snow continue through around mid afternoon, and then we'll see a break tonight and tomorrow morning. It's still looking like 2 to 3 inches in the Snyderville Basin up into Park City, and a little more across the upper portions of the resorts. The second system will take a track a little further south and mainly just clip us later tomorrow and Saturday bringing some light snow or snow showers, but at the moment, accumulations will be less than an inch. The main cold front is still expected on Sunday and into Monday where we should see 4 to 7 inches from the Basin up into the town with 6 to 10 inches on the upper portion of the resorts. So, we have some good skiing coming our way! If you're heading to Salt Lake, use caution. The cold air that has been trapped in the valley and the relative mild, moist air over us now, is resulting in freezing rain and quite the mess (so I hear) in the valley.
The high pressure continues to shift off to the east and the first of 3 systems will move into the area late tonight and tomorrow morning. The snow level initially could be near 7000 feet, but should lower with 2 or 3 inches of snow from Park City into the Snyderville Basin and 3 to 6 inches across the upper elevations of the resorts. The second system will move into the area on Saturday, and this is a system that is located off the Southern California Coast this morning and will move northeastward bringing another shot of snow by Saturday afternoon and evening with another 2 to 4 inches across the lower elevations and 3 to 6 across the upper parts of the resorts. Finally, one last system will move across the area on Sunday ushering in a colder air mass and some snow. All in all, over the next 5 days, we should see some new snow and improved ski conditions.
As most of you know, but I'll repeat it for the newcomers who follow the blog, I do forecasts for a number of ski areas in the West and this high pressure has brought 50 degree readings to the Sierra's and up into the Cascades of Oregon. The high pressure will be weakening over the next couple of days with the first system moving into our area early Thursday bringing an inch or two of snow. Now, snow levels initially could be around 7000 feet, but lower rapidly in the morning. We could see a couple of snow showers on Saturday, but the system that is expected to have more of an impact will move into the area later Sunday into early Monday. I'll give more detail on the amounts in the next couple of days on this blog, but it'll be nice to see a little snow to freshen up the slopes!!
High pressure remains over the area today, and will keep us with sunny days and fair nights into Wednesday A weak system will move across the area on Thursday bringing a chance of snow showers, but that system is looking pretty weak. Next weekend is looking promising in the snow department, as the system moving into the region will have the potential at being a pretty good snow producer. At this time, we'll see some snow develop later Sunday afternoon and continue at times into Monday. Once that system exits the area, we'll see high pressure return and last through, at least, the first week of February.