Weather Watching from NY

By | December 12, 2008

That’s right. I’m in Ithaca, NY through the holidays. And then I have to go away for a while early next month for work. I won’t be back in Little Cottonwood until mid January. Oh well…

At any rate, I’m here at my folks Wasatch weather watching. Altafarians, how does this read to you?

AS THE SURFACE FRONT SURGES SOUTH ANTICIPATE A BAND OF HEAVY PRECIPITATION TO DEVELOP IN THE WAKE OF THIS FRONT WITHIN 800-600MB BAROCLINIC ZONE MODEL TIME-HT SECTIONS SHOW A VERY DEEP LAYER OF ASCENT WITHIN THIS ZONE…WHICH SHOULD ILLICIT A STRONG RESPONSE WITH HEAVY PRECIPITATION RATES EXPECTED. IN ADDITION…TIGHTENING GRADIENT SHOULD RESULT IN STRONG POST FRONTAL WINDS…PARTICULARLY ACROSS AREAS FAVORED IN NORTH/NORTHWEST WIND EVENTS SUCH AS NORTHERN UT COUNTY. MUCH COLDER AIR SPILLING INTO THE REGION BEHIND THIS FRONT ALLOW SNOW TO QUICKLY STICK TO ROAD SURFACES.

AS THIS BAND SHIFTS SOUTH INTO SOUTHERN UT LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON/EVENING…ANTICIPATE OROGRAPHIC SNOWFALL TO PERSIST THROUGH THE OVERNIGHT HOURS SATURDAY ALONG WEST/NORTHWEST FACING SLOPES. ADDITIONALLY…GSL LAKE SURFACE-700MB TEMP DIFFERENTIAL WOULD SUGGEST THE POTENTIAL FOR LAKE EFFECT SNOWFALL LATE SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY MORNING DOWNWIND FROM THE LAKE.

Lucky bastards!

Actually, we had a foot of snow over the last 24 hours here. It’s really pretty in the hills, and we have Ellie’s flexible flyer sled. So we’ll be having some long walks in the snowy woods. But I won’t be skiing the pow, what with the closest ski area having 700 vertical and all…and barely the steps to handle this foot, let alone the feet that Alta will see over the next 72 hours.

At any rate, the boys on the forum are talking up the biggie scheduled to impact the

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