This morning: Skies are clear and temperatures are 10° to 15° F. Winds are generally from a south/southeast direction and light, around 10 mph, but there was a period overnight with gusts into the 20's mph at the upper elevations.
Today: Temperatures will rise into low to mid 30's F and the east/southeast winds will remain light, gusting into the teens at the upper elevations. Skies will be mostly sunny.
Looking ahead: Skies will cloud over on Sunday and winds will increase, ahead of a storm late Sunday and into Monday. A possible break on Tuesday before yet another storm for late this coming week.
Many southerly-facing slopes will have a crust from sunshine the past two days.
Mark Staples spent Friday around Mill Canyon Peak and provides a nice overview of conditions
in that area. There were no reports of avalanches on Friday in the Provo mountains, but further north in the Salt Lake mountains, there was a skier-triggered avalanche on Lake Chute
, an east-facing slope at 10,700' on Lake Peak in White Pine that was 12" deep, 50' wide, and ran 800' vertical:
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 down 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.