Soooo….It’s gonna dump in UT.


Still gonna dump. As we move through the AM snowfall rates will pcik up. Overnight with temps lowering and the flow coming out of the west/northwest snowfall rates will REALLY kick up. Add. totals by tuesday should be in the 10-20 range with pockets of higher snowfall in the upper cottonwoods. Snowfall density will be pretty low too. This should be pure UT blower. However there is the chance of some graupel or rimed snowflakes falling in the middle of this event. The uplift is just very strong. That vertical ascent can rime out snow and create some graupel at times. So watch for that in the layering of snow.

The system begins to die down tomorrow and some weak ridging might move in wednesday. Pattern looks to remain active however.

Lastly, please watch out for severe windloading. The snowpack is complex right now. Lots of weird crusts from those southwest flow events. Totday winds at the ridges could gust in the 50-60 range. This evening and overnight they could reach into the 70-90 range for gusts. That will create some substantial wind loading. With early season pow-starved eyes, somebody could overlook the wind loading. Don’t. Read the UAC reports and ski safe.


Over the last 24 hours it has become clear that a series of shortwave troughs will ride through UT. As I hinted at late in the week, this weekend/early next week was looking active. I had noticed the models shifting the 500mb so as the palace UT directly in the way of a number of shortwave parcels of energy. At the same time, the structure would support a 800 to 500mb NW flow of air. While no single shortwave is that impressive, the combination of the NW flow and the resulting orographic lift, the dynamic lift from the shortwave and abundant moisture = pow.

By wednsday AM the total accumulated precip looks ROBUST:

While the NAM is fairly high resolution, I can promise you it isn’t capturing all the possible precip high in the Wasatch. These types of patterns, where a series of shortwaves move through abundant moisture are just great. There are periods of heavier snowfall, and periods of lighter snowfall but the stuff just keeps coming.
As it stands right now the enhanced periods of snowfall will occur Sunday morning, Monday and then Tuesday AM again. By the time ridging builds in in Thursday the High Wasatch will be looking at many new feet of snow. Call it 3 feet for now as a good average approximation. If this pattern holds true, some places will exceed that total.

Obvious for such a long duration event updated forecasts are necessary. So check back with me on monday am to get the latest.
Win. Win. WIn.

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  1. Moops
    wrote on December 14th, 2012 at 11:50 am  

    Feats of STRENGTH!

    I’ve got a lot of problems with you people!

  2. UltimateSubzero
    wrote on December 14th, 2012 at 9:09 pm  


    And just remember, “it is the festivus, for the rest of us.”

    Now to powder dances, and explosions of fluff & curveballs to models that become more favorable, tis the season right?!

    I’ve been following along on with this development for the last 5-7 days, and, at the least, perhaps an “truer” entry into our winter, we’ll see.

  3. JohnF
    wrote on December 15th, 2012 at 7:45 pm  

    Any chance of this kicking up some lake effect?

  4. mtl_ripper
    wrote on December 15th, 2012 at 10:30 pm  

    No problem with base-building mixes, none at all. And all hail the honest weatherman, thanks again LH!!

  5. bushman
    wrote on December 16th, 2012 at 8:16 am  

    Dear Santa Hutz: All I want for Christmas is two feet deep, two feet deep, two feet deep…

    Agree w MH: base-building so glade ruts & rocks blanketed, will settle for 6-8 on top in lieu of 2-feet for NYrs. will rad ur follow-ups. Tx

  6. Moops
    wrote on December 16th, 2012 at 11:20 am  

    So….will this weather collection result in some copious amounts of snow anywhere…maybe in the Quebec mountains…? Maybe the Chic-Chocs (I know this is QUE, But I look at it as another place)? Maybe????

    • mtl_ripper
      wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 6:21 pm  

      Tremblizzay. Massive. Other poutiney places.

  7. Peter
    wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 10:37 am  
    • Lionel Hutz
      wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 1:35 pm  

      Big hugs in the sick bay.

  8. Josh A
    wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 10:59 am  

    Thanks for the update. Unfortunately I’m in the same boat this morning. Scott’s txt this morning woulda been a lot more welcomed had I not spent last night waking up every 40 minutes a feverish mess.

    Down with disease!

  9. Pepé Le Pew
    wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 12:06 pm  

    Pardonnez-moi, mais je dois demander … Qu’en est-zone de ski de Magic, combien de neige vont-ils recevoir?

    • mtl_ripper
      wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 6:20 pm  

      non non non NON! CENTIMETRES!

  10. FemaleSkiBum
    wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 1:00 pm  
    • christian
      wrote on December 17th, 2012 at 1:21 pm  

      three u’s sweetheart.

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