Snow headed for the Wasatch followed by warmer temps returning on Sunday

PARK CITY, Utah — Cooler temperatures and a fresh storm means a return to snow for the Wasatch. The Pacific Northwest storm is expected to drop as much as a foot in the Cascades before passing through Utah sometime after noon on Thursday.

Powderdchasers forecasts light to moderate snowfall, reaching as much as six inches across the Wasatch Range on Thursday. Snow will pick up again Friday morning before eventually passing into Colorado by Saturday.

Extended weather forecast for Park City from the NWS.
Extended weather forecast for Park City from the NWS. Courtesy of the National Weather Service.

Summit County resorts and the Cottonwoods are likely to receive decent snow totals thanks to Northwesterly winds of cold air containing half to three-forths inches of water, according to Powderchasers. With several Utah resorts remaining open, the fresh wave of snow and cooler temperatures will only add to the good skiing.

Perhaps the biggest win from this wave of cold air and snow is that it will stop snow melt and allow for already high water levels in streams, rivers, and drainage areas to go down, making room for the next round of runoff. While there have already been flooding and various landslides, having the thaw and freeze cycles is what makes the spring runoff season occur in a more orderly fashion, unlike what happened in 1983.

A look back at the flooding of 1983 as Utah gears up for heavy spring runoff

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