Monday, October 31, 2016

After the Deluge

A varnish of snow at higher elevations in the Wasatch this morning
Last night proved to be quite productive in terms of wind and valley rain with car-wash-like conditions for a while.  At the University of Utah, a sharp front passed just after midnight, resulting in a rapid temperature drop of more than 15ºF, a shift in wind direction to NNW, and wind gusts reaching over 55 mph.  Strong winds with gusts in excess of 30 mph continued for about 2 hours during which about 0.34" fell (data below courtesy MesoWest).

Reports to the National Weather Service show some locations received event greater precipitation amounts including 0.71" at one site in the Salt Lake City area (5102 ft).

It was a relatively warm event in the mountains, but at least a dusting of the white stuff extends down to about 8000 feet based on web cam imagery.  The Alta-Collins snowstake sits at about 2".  Woot woot!

Is this the start of a trend?  I don't think so.  Another weak system is on tap for tomorrow and tomorrow evening, but I see nothing in the 7-10 day guidance to get excited about.  November begins tomorrow.  These are the times that try skiers' souls.

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