"If you want to see the sunshine you'll have to weather the storm." For those of us not wanting to see the sun, the storm is on our doorstep and it should start raining/snowing soon...
Under mostly cloudy skies the overnight temps (< 9,000') bottomed out at 32-35 °F at almost all stations across the range. Above 10,000' temperatures hovered around 30 °F. We picked up a trace to 3" of new snow above about 9,000' in the past 24 hrs. The west-south-west winds have continued and overnight there was a gust to 60 mph at 11,000'. Lower down at 10,000' the winds are currently blowing 15-20 mph gusting into the 30's and 40's.
For today we can expect the rain/snow line to be 8,000' rising to 9,000' by 5:00 pm. We should see 3-6" of new snow with the possibility of more in favored locations throughout the day; periods of strong precipitation intensity are possible. Winds will remain from the west-south-west and are forecasted to be 15-25 mph gusting into the 30's and 40's at upper elevations. The stronger storm will move overhead late this evening bringing the rain/snow line down and we will see snow throughout the day on Tuesday with instability lingering into Wednesday with storm totals forecasted at 12"-18" of new snow.
No new observations for the Provo area. In the Wasatch range yesterday many backcountry observers reported strong green housing (heating) on all aspects and elevations. Roller balls and small loose wet avalanches were the common theme. Reports of glide cracks in the common areas are opening and growing in size; see a great observation HERE
. You can see all observations HERE
Video: Dave Coyne; wet loose avalanche from Kessler Peak in Big Cottonwood yesterday. This was a northerly facing slope at 8,700' in elevation.