This morning, skies are overcast. Mountain temperatures are sitting in the mid to upper 20s. Along the mid-elevation ridgelines winds are blowing from the west at speeds of 10-15 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. At the highest ridgelines, winds are gusting up to 30 mph. Overnight gusts did get close to 45 mph along the highest ridgelines. As of 6 AM, the storm totals were between 5-8" (.30-.55" H2O).
Today, skies will remain overcast, and temperatures will climb into the upper 20s and low 30s F. Winds will transition to become more northeasterly. At the mid-elevation ridgelines, winds will average 10-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph. At the highest ridgelines winds will gust up to 35 mph. The mountains could get an additional trace amount of snowfall this morning.
Outlook, A high-pressure ridge moves in on Tuesday, creating some inversions. Another system is expected on Thursday and Friday, bringing around 0.20-0.30 inches of liquid, and it's colder, so the snow will likely be less dense than this storm.
Prior to this storm, most of the southerly and westerly aspects were bone dry. The mid and upper-elevation northerly aspects, however, held a mess of 5-10" of wind and temperature crusts interspersed with weak sugary snow. This is a weak base for our season's snowpack. Remember, anytime there is enough snow to ride, there is enough snow to slide.
View of the Mount Ogden massif from the north, featuring Coldwater Canyon on the left, Allen Peak at the center, and upper Strongs and Burch Creek at the back right. The northern aspects in this area are retaining snow down to around 8000 feet. (D. DeBruin).