There have now been four avalanche fatalities in four weeks in Utah.
Yesterday, UAC staff investigated the avalanche that took the life of 49 year old Jason Lyman. Find the avalanche report HERE.
Yesterday, the brutal southwest winds finally gave way as a classic Utah cold front sliced over northern Utah around 3:00 pm. Winds switched to the northwest and snow began falling in the afternoon. 24 hour storm totals are 19.5" snow (1.28" h20) in upper Little Cottonwood. Upper Big Cottonwood picked up 26" of snow (1.48" h20). Park City Ridge 6-12" snow (0.70-1.0" h20). Riding conditions will be five stars out of five today!
Winds this morning are from the west-north-west and currently blowing 5-15 mph with gusts into the 20's across the highest peaks and ridge lines. Mountain temperatures are frigid with upper elevation thermometers reading -3°F. Mid elevation trail heads are in the single digits.
For today, we will see increasing clouds at times and may be some clearing mid morning before the clouds build back in. Winds will back to more of a westerly direction and should be well behaved with speeds in the 10-20 mph range at upper elevations. Temperatures will warm into the low to mid 20's °F. Light snow is possible in favored locations but, not adding up to much. At times the sparkly magic show will begin as the sun lights up the low density six sided dendrites falling from the atmosphere.
No avalanches were reported in the backcountry yesterday. However, there was one report of natural avalanche that likely occurred overnight on the 9th from the strong southerly winds. North facing Murdock Peak 2' feet deep 250' wide and ran 600' feet downhill (Andy Paradis observation HERE