Near record high temperatures forced Snowbird ski resort in Utah to close temporarily today.
Temperatures are currently 20-25ºF above normal in the Snowbird and Salt Lake City area (see image below).
Snowbird opened on Wednesday and was only able to operate for 3 days before being forced to shut down today.
Temperatures at Snowbird aren’t even coming close to freezing at night right now.
“After a pleasant but warm Saturday, temps will warm up to near record values over much of the area on Sunday. Also winds will be on the increase Sunday into Monday with winds being particularly strong over southwestern Utah. Temperatures will cool down a few degrees on Monday and there will also be a chance of precipitation over NW Utah Monday PM.” – NOAA Salt Lake City, UT, yesterday
Snowbird saw a high of 55ºF on Friday and Salt Lake City saw a high of 64º that same day.
Snowbird’s forecast high and low temperatures are 59ºF and 39ºF tomorrow!
The forecast high in Salt Lake City on Sunday is 68ºF!
“Temporary Suspension of Winter Operations. Thanks to all who came out for our season opener and helped celebrate GameDay. While a strong effort was made from our operations team, unseasonably warm weather has forced a “Delay of Game” and put a hold on our skiing/riding operations. Our snowmaking crews are standing by and we will resume winter operations as soon as cold-weather returns.” – Snowbird, yesterday
Snowbird is claiming a current snowpack of 16″ and 43″ of snowfall thus far this year.
Snowbird is allowing uphill travel during their closure.