New Focus

I still love to watch and forecast Utah weather and will continue to update the Utah Weather Cams, Utah Weather Links, and Climate Change pages but will no longer post on a regular basis. I'm spending more time enjoying Utah snow skiing, cycling, hiking, and water skiing.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012


-32 this morning at Peter Sinks Utah, Peter Sinks is near Logan summit.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow cover

Picture of Utah from December 28th.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

More snow

Another storm is expected to bring more snow to the entire state focused between 5am Wednesday and 5am Friday. Plan on 2-4" for the Wasatch Front valleys, 4-8" benches and many western valleys of central/southern Utah, 6-10" for the Wasatch mountain valleys and many areas between 6,000 and 8,000 ft, 10-20"+ for many mountain areas above 8,000 ft. Click below map for model projected snowfall through 5pm on Friday. Enjoy the snow!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

White Christmas

Plan on snow for the Wasatch front valleys and mountains focused between 8pm Sunday and 8pm on Monday. As of now plan on 1-3" for the valleys, 3-6" for the benches, 4-8"+ for areas between 5,500' and 7,500', and 8-16"+ for the mountains above 7,500'. Below picture is the model projected snowfall through 5am on Christmas.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last in the series

The last and strongest piece of the series of storms is forecasted to move through northern Utah today and tonight clearing out of the Wasatch front around 9am on Tuesday. The last piece of the storm has sped up so snowfall will be a little less than expected but still plan on another 6-16" for the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains to go along with the 8-20" that has fallen since 5pm Saturday. Total snow since 5pm Saturday in the 14-36" range by 9am on Tuesday.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Series of storms!

A series of storms is expected to bring 30-40"+ of snow to the northern Utah mountains above 7,000 ft between 5pm Saturday and 5am on Wednesday! Click on the links to the right so see the model projected snow fall. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Cold storm

A cold winter storm is expected to move into northern Utah on Saturday and continue into Sunday morning with generally light snow showers in the valleys, light to moderate in the mountains. Will need to watch for lake effect on Saturday night into Sunday morning south of the Great Salt Lake. As of now plan on tr-1" for the valleys/benches with local 2-4" south of the Great Salt Lake, 3-6" for the mountains.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Small storm

Plan on 3-8" of snow for the northern Utah mountains above 8,000 ft with the storm moving through today that lingers into tonight. Valley rain.....

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Small quick moving storm

Plan on 4-9" of snow in the northern Utah mountains on Sunday afternoon/evening as a quick moving storm moves through.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Snow reports for second storm.

Bountiful bench ended up with 31" for the storm total, 20"+ for many east benches in Salt Lake and Davis counties. Alta and Snowbird both reported 51" for a storm total!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Second big storm of the year!

The second big storm of the winter season is expected to move into Utah on Thursday night and continue into the day on Sunday. As of now plan on 1-5" of snow for the Wasatch Front valleys, 2-8" for the benches with locally higher amounts where lake effect sets up, 6-10" for the mountain valleys, 10-20" for the Wasatch Mountains between 7,000 and 10,000 ft, and 18-30+" for the Wasatch in areas that see lake effect and Uinta Mountains above 11,000 ft.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

First big snow of the 2012/2013 winter season.

Powder Mountain ended up with 42" for the storm total, over 24" for many areas above 8,000 ft for the northern Wasatch Mountains.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Winter forecast

My current thinking is 80-90% of normal for the northern Wasatch front this winter, around 90% for the central and southern Wasatch, 90-100% for central Utah, 110-120% for southwest Utah, 120+% for southeast Utah. The above forecast is mostly based on El Nino strengthening into a moderate event. If you look at this link you will see no real correlation between the average El Nino or La Nina event for Northern Utah. What you do see is a better chance of above normal precipitation for southern Utah during El Nino events and a better chance of below normal precipitation for southern Utah in La Nina events. Strong El Nino or La Nina events can bring above normal precipitation for northern Utah but not always.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Summer - Thunderstorms

The main thing to watch for in the summer in Utah is the amount monsoonal moisture with leads to thunderstorms focused in the afternoon/evening hours over and near the mountains. A big push of monsoonal moisture can bring local flooding with widespread thunderstorms during all hours of the day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Winter is not over yet!

Plan on 6-12" of snow tonight into the early morning hours on Friday above 8,000 ft for the northern Utah Mountains and Uinta's, 2-5" central Utah mountains, little if any snow for the southern Utah mountains. Temperatures do get cold enough for the rain to change to snow in the northern Utah Valleys with trace-3" accumulation for the high benches above 4,800 ft focused between Salt Lake and Ogden.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Little Spring Storm

Plan on a general 4-8" of snow above 7,000 ft for the Wasatch Mountains focused between 1 am Friday and noon on Friday, 1-2" central Utah mountains, looks dry for the southern mountains. Look for trace-3"' of snow for the Wasatch Front valleys/benches, 2-4" for areas between 5,000 ft and 7,000 ft.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Warm and windy then snow!

Record high temperatures on Saturday (80 in Salt Lake) with strong south winds will give way to snow on Sunday into Sunday night! Plan on trace to 3" of snow between 4,500 ft and 6,500 ft for most of Utah, 3-8" of snow above 6,500 ft for most Utah mountain areas.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Statewide storm

A statewide storm is expected to move through Utah on Monday. Plan on 3-8" of snow for the northern Utah mountains above 7,000 ft, 2-5" for the southern Utah mountains, 1-3" of snow for areas between 5,000 and 7,000 ft, and little if any snow below 5,000 ft.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

More snow

More snow fell than expected Saturday night into the day on Sunday in the Wasatch Mountain areas above 9,000 ft, less snow than expected in areas that typically do well in a southerly flow. Not sure exactly why but likely due to the high snow levels most of the night.

Plan on more snow Sunday night into Monday with a general 3-5" more for all Utah Mountains, local 7-11" for the Wasatch Mountains and Uinta's between I-80 and I-84 as a moist unstable west-northwest flow sets up along with a possible lake band. Look for 2-6"+ of valley/bench snow between North Salt Lake and Ogden, other Wasatch Front valleys/benches will be in the trace-2" range.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Saturday night through Monday storm

A strong cold front is forecasted to move through Utah on Saturday night into early Sunday from southwest to northeast. Plan on 6-14" of snow for the Wasatch Mountains with the cold front, areas favored by southerly flow (PC, Sundance, Powder) will do the best. The second piece of the storm is forecasted to move through on Sunday afternoon/night into Monday with another 5-10" of snow for the Wasatch Mountains, areas favored by a west-northwest flow (Cottonwoods) doing the best. After 10/11 am on Thursday you can start looking at the snow forecast links on the right side of the page for more details. Enjoy!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Diving south

Most of the energy with the Tuesday night into Wednesday storm is forecasted to dive through Nevada with the bulk of the snow staying to the west and south of the Wasatch Front. As of now plan on 3-6" of snow for the Wasatch Mountains above 7,000 ft with the coming storm.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Next storm

The next storm is forecasted to move into Utah on Wednesday afternoon/night and continue at times into Thursday evening before ending in most all areas except south of the Great Salt Lake where a lake band may set up. As of now plan on 2-10" of snow for the Wasatch front valley/benches, 6-12" for the Wasatch Mountain valleys and southern Utah mountains, and 12-24" for the Wasatch Mountains/Uinta's/Central mountains.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Statewide storm

A storm will move into Utah this afternoon from south to north and continue into the day on Tuesday. Plan on 6-12"+ of snow in most all of the Utah mountains above 7,000 ft, 2-5" in the northern Utah mountain valleys, and trace-4" for the Wasatch Front valleys/benches. Click on the 36 hr snow forecast link in the upper right of this web page before 9pm today for a detailed model projected snowfall map. Enjoy the new snow!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Little storm - lots of wind

Plan on a general 2-5" of snow for the Wasatch Mountains today/tonight, 4-8" Uinta mountains. Will also be string winds with gusts to 50+ in the valleys and 80+ for the mountain peaks.

A bigger storm is projected on Monday into Monday night with 8-12"+ for the Wasatch Mountains.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Went south - second piece of storm

Bulk of the energy with this storm went into central and southern Utah with less snow than expected in northern Utah. The second piece of the storm is forecasted to bring snow back to northern Utah between 5pm and midnight with a brief lake band setting up focused on the west side of Salt Lake Valley, Tooele valley, and into parts of Utah Valley. Plan on another 1-3" for the Wastach Mountains on Sunday night, 2-4" where the lake band sets up, outside of the lake band only another tr-1" is projected for the northern Utah valleys/benches.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Good storm is possible

A good looking storm is expected to move into northern Utah after 6 pm on Saturday with the first wave mostly ending along the Wasatch Front by 8 am on Sunday. With the first wave plan on 1-3" for the northern/southern Wasatch Front valleys/benches with 2-5" for the Salt Lake Valley, 3-6" for the mountain valleys, 5-9" for the Park City/northern Utah resorts, and 8-12" for the Cottonwoods. Look for a break in the snow during the day on Sunday with snow showers filling back in after 5 pm on Sunday and continuing into Sunday night. As of now a convergence zone (Lake effect) is forecasted to set up on Sunday night that could bring another 2-5" of snow for the Salt Lake valley and 8"+ for the Cottonwoods.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mainly central/southern Utah storm

The incoming storm this afternoon is expected to mainly hit central/southern Utah with 5-12" of snow for the mountains above 7,000 ft by the time it ends on Tuesday afternoon, 2-5" in the valleys above 5,000 ft. For northern Utah plan on trace-4" of snow for the Wasatch Mountains, trace-1" of snow in the valleys south of the point of the mountain with 0-1/2" northern valleys.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Coming storm

A quick look at the Monday night and Tuesday storm shows that it will mainly hit central/southern Utah. As of now plan on 8-12" of snow for the central/southern Utah mountains with much less for the Wasatch Front. Check back on Monday for a more detailed forecast.

Current storm

Current storm continues to push south and east out of the state with most rain/snow ending along the Wasatch Front by 3 pm, snow showers mostly ending by 7 pm for the Wasatch Mountains. So far 5"+ at Alta 7"+ at Sundance and 7"+ at Brighton

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Another weak storm

A weak storm is expected to move into Utah this afternoon and mostly be over by mid evening. Plan on rain changing to snow in the valleys with 0-trace snow, trace-1/2" benches, 1/2-1" snow for the mountain valleys, and 1-3" for the Wasatch mountains above 7,500 ft.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Disorganized weak storm

A disorganized and rather weak and slow moving storm storm will move into Utah this afternoon/evening with a few valley rain changing to snow showers along the Wasatch Front, most valley snow showers ending by sunrise on Thursday. Mainly dry weather is expected during the day on Thursday for the Wasatch Front valleys with a few lingering light snow showers at times over the Wasatch Mountains. Plan on 0-trace snow for the lower valleys, trace-1" for the benches, 1-2" for the mountain valleys, 3-5" for the Wasatch and southern Utah mountains, and 5-8"+ for the Uinta and Central Utah Mountains.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Another storm.

Incoming storm this afternoon that continues into Thursday night, mostly ending by 1am Friday along the Wasatch front. Plan on 4-6" for the Park City area resorts and northern mountain valleys, 7-10" for the Cottonwoods and Powder/Basin.

Monday, January 23, 2012

A little storm.

A storm moves into Utah today and mostly ends by sunrise on Tuesday. Plan on trace-1/2" of snow for the Wasatch front valleys, 1/2-3" benches, 3-6" Wasatch Mountains, 4-8" central/southern Utah mountains.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Saturday/Saturday night big storm!

Look for mountain snow to move in mainly after 12/1 am on Saturday with rain mixed in as high as 8,000 ft, rain developing in the valleys mostly after 7/8 am on Saturday then transitioning to snow in the afternoon hours with the arrival of the cold front. Snow is expected to continued at times in the mountains on Saturday night as a moist and unstable northwest flow sets up that will also allow local snow to continue in the valleys/benches. As of now plan on trace-2" in the valleys with this storm, 3-5" benches, 6-10" mountain valleys, and 11-24" for the Wasatch mountains. Sunday should be the best ski day of the year so far. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Still more to this first storm.

The second half of the first storm in the series is expected to move through this afternoon and continue through 10 am on Friday. Plan on rain in the valleys with another 5-12" snow for the Wasatch Mountains, snow mixed in as low as 4,500 ft by Friday morning. Look for a break in the rain/snow between 10am on Friday and 12am Saturday. The second in a series of storms is projected to move in on Saturday and continue into the morning hours on Sunday with valley rain changing to snow on Saturday night. Right now it looks like 14-24" of snow for the wasatch mountains with this storm, 4-8" for the mountain valleys, 3-5" for the benches, and 1-3" for the valleys.

Heavy snow.

The wasatch mountains have received 5-15" yesterday and last night with more on the way. The snow is on the heavy side and upside down which is what we need to cover the rocks but not your typical Utah powder. Temperatures ended up being to warm in the valleys and most of the precipitation fell as rain which was not expected.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First of three storms!

The first in a series of winter storms is expected to move into Utah today as a warm front with snow at times for northern Utah, snow transitions to rain on Wednesday night into Thursday from south to north in the valleys. Through 5 pm on Thursday plan on trace-2" snow for the lower valleys along the Wasatch front from Ogden south, 2-5" for the benches, 5-10" for the mountain valleys and valleys north of Ogden, and 10-20" for the Wasatch mountains! The first storm is expected to continue Thursday night into Friday morning as the cold front moves through, a second storm is projected to move in on Saturday, and a third on Monday.

Monday, January 16, 2012


Plan on at least 3' feet of snow for the Wasatch mountains between Wednesday and Monday! The pattern has finally changed, check back for the details.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Coming storm on the 16th

Quick look at the Monday the 16th storm. Right now I would plan on tr-2" snow for the Wasatch Front valleys/benches and 2-5" for the Wasatch mountains.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


Nice to finally see a storm deliver more than expected. Looks like the Wasatch Front valleys/bench has 1/2-5", mountain valleys 1-4", Wasatch Mountains 3-9"!

Friday, January 6, 2012


Another weak winter storm for Utah on Saturday. Plan on 0-1/2" of snow for the Wasatch Front valleys/benches, trace-1/2" in the mountain valleys, 1-2" in the Wasatch Mountains, and 2-4" in the central Utah Mountains and Uintas.