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Temperatures range through the upper 30's and low 40's F and south winds are increasing - averaging in the teens with gusts in the 30's at mid elevations and gusting over 80 mph at 11,000'.
For today, cloudy skies and moderate to strong southerly winds gusting into the 30's and 40's mph along exposed mid-elevation ridges with gusts in the 60's and 70's (possibly stronger) along the upper-most ridges. Temperatures will rise into the 40's F. Showers (that is, snow above 9,000' with light rain below that elevation) are possible by late in the day.
The strong southerly winds are ahead of a spring storm system that arrives later today and last through Wednesday, bringing 2-4" of dense snow and cooler temperatures.
Several large natural avalanches have been reported from the past few days, including Santaquin Canyon
, Stewart Falls
and Elk Point (vieo below):
McKinley described it as an "eerie afternoon" as "the audible rumbling of wet avalanches coming down from above would have surely grabbed the attention of anyone nearby."