I'm traveling today to climates far from snow and wondering how much of the snow that currently sits at high elevations, mainly on aspects facing the northern half of the compass, is here to stay.
In Utah, most of the energy for melting snow comes from the sun. We are now in October, beyond the fall equinox. Those north facing slopes are not receiving much solar radiation anymore. If we got a warm storm, perhaps long-wave radiation from clouds and condensational warming could eat some snow, but such storms become increasingly rare as we move through October. Finally, temperatures just aren't very high this time of year, so even on warm days, the flux of energy from the atmosphere into the snowpack is relatively modest. There's even a cold front coming in Sundayish to help with the effort.
Your thoughts? Is the snow here to stay?