Update: Now that it’s light enough to see all webcams, it looks like snow levels in places are as low as 5,000 feet. My wife tells me it is snowing in Lehi right now. Good news for some fluffier powder today…
Storm should start to wind down during the day today with snow levels falling just a bit. Break on Tuesday and Wednesday. Colder system for Christmas day with some light, fluffy powder expected!
The fire hose is still taking aim at Utah. Right now the best precip is pointed at areas from SLC south down to about Nephi. Upper part of Sundance is getting hammered. Snow continues in LCC. LCC road is CLOSED as of my typing this (6am) due to avy control work. Estimated opening is 8:30. Winds are also HOWLING with gusts up to 100mph on peaks last night! Currently they’ve died down a bit, but still seeing 80mph gusts on Hidden Peak and other higher resort peaks.
Amounts so far, as expected, have been highly varied by location and elevation. Upper parts of the resorts since Saturday AM have seen 12-20″ up north at Powder Mountain / Snowbasin / Beaver. PC resorts are reporting 6-13″. BCC has seen 7-13″. LCC is reporting 20″ so far. Sundance is getting hit hard right now with 13″ already up top. We’ll add a few more inches to those totals today. But generally we are falling right into the forecast for the upper mountain. Also, as expected, the base elevations have seen significantly less as they have seen a lot of rain and/or wet snow.
I got a lot of comments yesterday about how miserable it was yesterday. As stated in previous posts, it was a storm for Gore-Tex. Definitely not going to be the best powder skiing, much better for base building. This storm is going to have lasting benefits through the rest of the season.
Avalanche danger is high right now. I would expect many resorts will not have much of your favorite terrain open. Yesterday my buddy triggered two separate inbounds slides. Not anything huge, but enough to knock you off your feet. Slab City! Check with the UAC for avy details before going into the backcountry. If I were you, I’d avoid the backcountry for a couple days.
Ok… to the forecast….
Snow (and some rain) will continue this morning but taper off this afternoon. Snow levels are lower today than yesterday but I’m having a difficult time pinning down exactly where they are. My guess is somewhere between 6500 and 7000 feet right now, but those should lower as the day wears on. Reports are appreciated.
Break on Tuesday and Wednesday, perfect for ski resorts to get the mountains fully safe again and more terrain open.
Next storm rolls in on CHRISTMAS DAY! This is not a major system and it is fast moving. It is, however, cold. Snow should start in the mountains on Christmas morning with rain/snow mix, changing to all snow in the valleys. At this time it looks like perhaps 6-12″ for the Cottonwoods with 4-8″ for PC and other resorts. Perhaps the skiing will get better through the day, so you can afford to open gifts in the morning before you abandon your family for freshies!
Another weak-ish system likely for about Sunday 12/28. But hey, at least we aren’t totally ridged up and dry….
Have a happy Monday! Stay dry!