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Wow - what a storm!!! Drew Hardesty said it best " Under-promise and over-deliver. Phenomenal powder skiing." 24 hr storm totals are impressive with upper Little Cottonwood in the lead at 26" of snow with 1.16" h20. Yes, it's really that light. Park City Ridgeline and Upper Big Cottonwood are reporting 10-15 inches of new snow with about an inch of water. Areas favored by the northwest flow have significantly more snow. Other areas, such as lower down in the canyons have roughly 8-12" of new snow.
Under mostly cloudy skies this morning the temperatures remain cold with upper elevations in the single digits to low teens °F across the board. Winds are from the northwest and are currently blowing 10-15 mph gusting into the low 20's across the upper peaks. Mid elevations the winds are calm. By mid to late morning we will see some clearing with the possibility of full sunshine by late afternoon. The good news: 700mb (10,000') temperatures will remain cold throughout the day, climbing into low teens °F by late afternoon/evening.
Yesterday, snow safety teams reported sensitive soft slabs and long running loose dry avalanches that were easily triggered with slope cuts and explosives. All of these avalanches were confined to the new snow and some were large enough to bury a human.
In the backcountry a skier in a steep chute off Mt. Olympus triggered a soft slab avalanche that was 18" deep 35' feet wide that ran 150' downslope. A natural avalanche was reported from the Brighton backcountry on an east facing slope at 10,500' that was 2' feet deep 100' feet wide running 400' feet downslope. Another report came in late that a skier took a ride in a steep north facing chute in Little Cottonwood, traveled 800' down loosing gear. Unknown if injured.