We have a short wave ridge building into northern Utah this morning. This will lead to clear and sunny skis in the mountains today. Current mountain temperatures are in the mid teens °F at upper elevation stations. Winds across the highest ridge lines are calm. The snow surface remains excellent with dense soft settled powder on the shady aspects. The southerly facing aspects will support a crust that will likely become soft by the afternoon.
We will see a quick hitting storm that will pass overhead Monday evening into Tuesday bringing a few inches of new snow with it. The best chance for a decent shot of snow happens mid-week as a stronger system crosses northern Utah Wednesday into Thursday. We can expect a decent re-fresh of snow within the 4-8" range. Hats off to professor Jim Steenburgh for teaching me about synoptic mountain meteorology this semester. If you like weather and snow snobbery follow his blog HERE
Photo: 500 millibar geo-potential heights. This shows the storm we have coming in for Wednesday/Thursday this coming week.
Yesterday, in the SLC area mountains a skier took a ride in an avalanche in upper Porter Fork just east of the Ice Box in Millcreek Canyon. The avalanche failed on the second skier when they were 100' feet down on their run. The skier was dragged through some trees before coming to rest with head and arms above the snow and facing downhill. The skier did sustained injuries. The group did a good job self evacuating and getting down on their own power. Drew Hardesty will be visiting the site today and will hopefully have more snowpack information this evening. Link to the preliminary accident report. Found HERE
. No Provo observations were submitted yesterday.
Here is the list of all recent observations found HERE