Northern Utahns awoke to a few inches of wet snow on Saturday and they can expect a similar storm for Christmas morning.
Last night’s snow storm seemed to have mostly brought accumulations to the north. Ogden Valley ski resorts also got a boost, with the NWS reporting 8 inches at Snowbasin and 7 inches at Powder Mountain. Ski areas farther south saw lower accumulations — NWS reports 4 inches at Alta and 2.5 inches at Snowbird.
Powder Mountain announced it will open for the season on Sunday, Christmas Eve, with the Sundown lift running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Night skiing will begin on Christmas Day.
“As of 7:30 (this morning), we’ve received 10 inches,” said marketing manager Jean-Pierre Goulet. “Since then, we’ve had another five or six inches, so we’re about up to 16 inches with this storm, and there’s another one rolling in tomorrow night that will help us out.”
It’s been a slow start to the season for Powder Mountain. The mountain has opened after Christmas only around four times in the past 45 years, Goulet said.
“Since we don’t make snow, it’s always up in the air,” he said.
Snowbasin, too, had to delay operations of its new Wildcat Express six pack lift by three weeks due to lack of snow. The new lift officially began carrying skiers and snowboarders Saturday morning. The resort reported 11 inches of new snow as of 8 a.m. Saturday.
Nordic Valley reported 12 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.
In the valleys, warm conditions turned snow into rain in spots by late Saturday morning.
“Roads will be wet, that will taper off by early afternoon,” said meteorologist Nick Carr with the NWS Salt Lake City forecast office. “We’re done with precipitation more or less until late Sunday, then we have another system similar in character to the system that went through last night into this morning.”
That storm will likely start late on Christmas Eve and tapper off by Christmas morning.
“North of Davis County, chances are it will mostly be snow,” Carr said. “Down here in the Salt Lake Valley, and maybe southern Davis County, it’ll be a rain-snow mix. It’s a little warmer than today’s system.”
Carr forecasts around one to three inches in the valleys and up to 12 inches in the mountains for Christmas.