This morning: Skies are clear and temperatures range through the teens F. Winds are easterly and light, less than 10 mph, gusting into the teens at the upper-most elevations.
Today: Sunshine. Temperatures will reach the upper 20's and low 30's F. and the east/southeast winds will remain light.
Ahead: Keep the sunscreen handy for this weekend with sunshine and temperatures into the low 30's F. The easterly winds will remain light, but begin to veer southwest later Sunday ahead of what currently appears to be an active week of snowfall.
Many southerly-facing slopes will have a crust from Thursday's sunshine.
We have received no observations from the Ogden mountains on Thursday. To our south, helicopter control work in the Provo mountains produced large avalanches
and the Salt Lake mountains experienced a significant natural avalanche cycle Wednesday into early Thursday morning, including an avalanche over 2,000' wide in Little Cottonwood's Red Pine Canyon (photo below).
On Wednesday in the town of Alta, a child playing with a group of friends in the snow was buried underneath an avalanche that came from a steep roof above. Fortunately, through an efficiently-organized recovery effort, the child was dug out and survived
. These are appropriately called "roof-a-lanches"
and will remain a hazard in our mountain communities this Spring. Do not let children play in the snow underneath steep roofs filled with snow. Please share this message.