The UAC is sad to report that a resident was killed by a roof avalanche on Monday, April 17th, in the Town of Brighton. A report is available HERE
. Many communities still have a lot of snow on roofs that could produce similar avalanches.
We found pretty darn good powder conditions yesterday considering the date, with unbelievable coverage and significantly more and dryer new snow as you get higher up in the mountains. We observed extensive drifting at all elevations on Beaver Mt and small shooting cracks were apparent in shallow drifts. Although not the fine cold smoke we became accustomed to this winter, spring powder conditions were fantastic in safe terrain. (We usually avoid being in avalanche terrain by staying off and out from under slopes >30°)
The 8400’ Tony Grove Snotel reports 8 inches of heavy new snow in the last 24 hours. It’s 20° F with 131” of total snow. It’s 15° F and west winds decreased overnight, currently blowing 15 mph from the west at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station.
Here is the NWS point forecast (36 hrs) for upper elevations in the central Bear River Range:
Today: A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 9am and noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 9. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southeast after midnight.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. East wind 6 to 8 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
Unsettled weather will continue into next week, with gradually rising temperatures and sunny conditions expected Wednesday and Thursday.