Ski resort suspends winter operations due to warm weather

LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON (ABC4 Utah) – Snowbird is closed for skiing and riding due to unseasonably warm weather.

The resort opened for the season on Wednesday November 22, but it is now forced to temporarily halt winter operations due to high temperatures.

Utah and the surrounding region have been dealing with a very warm November thanks to persistent high pressure and a jet stream pushed far north allowing the Pacific Northwest to be hit with a train of storms. Due to the high pressure, temperatures have been unseasonably warm, so much so, that we are on track for the warmest November on record.

Last November, was the warmest November was the warmest November on record at 47 degrees. If current projects pan out, our average high temperatures will be 47.7 degrees smashing last year’s record. The average high temperature for November is just 40 degrees.

As we head into the weekend, the warm temperatures will continue.

The forecasted high temperature on Sunday for Salt Lake City is 70 degrees which would break the daily high temperatures record. It would be the warmest high temperature this late in the season since records began in 1874.

The good news, cooler weather is on the way next week with a weak storm set to bring a round of moisture to the area on Monday. Looking farther into the forecast, the warm weather pattern may finally change heading into the second week of December with several storms and temperatures closer to the average or colder.

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