Saturday, April 23, 2011

Last Push for the Alta 200?

We're sitting at about 180" at the Alta-Collins snowstake, with a peak thusfar this spring of 195".  The pattern has been unsettled the past few days, but we need a big dump to get us to the magic 200".

Perhaps our last chance to take a run to 200" will be over the next 3-4 days.  The pattern remains unsettled, and the NAM model produces a fairly healthy trough passage with a prolonged period of cold, unstable northwesterly flow Monday night into Tuesday.

The GFS model is also looking optimistic for snow during the period.  It's far enough out that we can't get too excited about the model forecasts yet, but they are showing the potential to get Alta-Collins to 200".  Further, they could bring some pretty good powder skiing back to the Wasatch.  Last year my best day of backcountry powder skiing was on April 30th.  Perhaps another late April repeat?  Stay tuned.

1 comment:

  1. Tuesday sure looks ideal for some lake effect snow in the Salt Lake Valley and Cottonwoods. Current lake temperature is around 48-50 degrees F (9-10 C) from what I can tell.