Photo from skiutah.com
The storm late last week into the weekend has brought smiles to many ski resort owners and ski enthusiasts alike. The first big storm of the season brought plenty of snow to the Sierra and the Wasatch Mountains. Last year was a dismal season, especially in California. This year, a stormier winter seemed likely (how could it not be after last year), and this has brought high hopes for those that love the snow.
Many resorts are still not open yet. However, there are a few. All three major resorts in Southern California are open now for limited runs. Snow Summit, Big Bear and Mt. High all opened over the weekend. Farther north, the top of Mammoth Mountain is also open for skiing. In the Tahoe area, most resorts are looking to open within the next week, weather permitting. There does seem to be at least two, if not three, storms over the next week with at least some snow, so there is reason for optimism.
Over in Utah a lot of snow fell, even in the Salt Lake Basin, but especially over the Wasatch. No resorts are open yet. However, Brighton is expected to open Tuesday with others like Brian Head, Park City, Brian Head and Snowbird expected to open this weekend.
Got the itch? I think you will be able to find a resort to scratch that it by the weekend.
A rather extended period of unsettled weather will be occurring over parts of California and the Southwest
The remainder of the week a large building ridge of high pressure takes over
There will be more showers and thunderstorms are likely that can produce very heavy downpours in Arizona.
This rain caused problems with flash flooding producing some damage and there were a few swift water rescues.
Computer models are insistent that a rather strong piece of energy will move through California Tuesday, bringing more widespread rainfall.