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Snow to close out the year

23 December
Categories : Storm Watch
Posted by Rich Rogers

Good morning folks!

No need to waste time gabbing about anything but the weather.

Monarch Mountain has received 4 inches of new snow in the last 24hrs. Woohoo!

Today, Sunday, skies are clear, cold and a typical amount of Westerly wind to start the day over the Continental Divide. Later, some clouds will move over the area bringing a slight chance of flurries today. Tonight the brunt of this shortwave trough brings 1-3 inches of snow possible with an additional 2-4 inches on monday during the day before skies clear for all natural powder skiing for Christmas on Tuesday.

Wednesday morning, another system digs deep in the the Southwest. This system seems to favor the Southern portion of the state. With Monarch sitting in the South end of the Central Mountains we will see some snow from this deep low-pressure trough. The trough reaches back around with winds out of the S-SE then swinging 180 degrees as it passes during the later part of the week. Winds out of the North will bring really cold temperatures to close out the week.

Just throwing this out there, ensemble plume forecast from University of Utah shows confidence with up to 5-10 inches by Friday. I’m going with the lower half of this range 5-7 inches due how deep the trough digs into New Mexico on wednesday and the lesser amount of moisture the cold air mass is able to hold.

Enjoy the holidays and pray for snow!


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