Nowcast- Through a veil of thickening clouds, a big, bright, beautiful Snow Moon cast muted light on our mountains this morning. Temperatures, like myself, start the workday rather warm, clocking in around 10 degrees higher than yesterday at this time and registering in the mid 20's. Southerly winds got a head start on the rest of the crew, beginning to ramp into the 20's and 30's right around midnight and continue in that spirit early this morning. Quality riding and turning conditions are a bit more elusive today, but don't let your heart be troubled... soft, recycled powder is still found in wind sheltered terrain facing the north half of the compass.
Forecast- A nice looking, two part storm is at our door step. Act one... look for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures not straying much from where we're at this morning. Southwest winds are gonna be a nuisance, blowing in the 40's along the high ridges, gusting to 70 mph near the high peaks. A solid shot of snow develops by early afternoon and I think a foot of snow is a good bet by Monday morning.
Futurecast- Act two arrives with colder air mid morning Monday and an additional 3"-5" is likely.
Our good friends and partners in all things weather, the SLC National Weather Service, have issued a Winter Storm Advisory
for the western Uinta Mountains.
Huge thanks for all the great obs streaming in from the eastern front. Detailed trip reports and recent obs are found HERE.
The beautiful pit profile above was submitted by the ever intrepid JG, clearly showing a solid snowpack. JG's got a rock solid feel for the Uinta's with a great ob from his travels yesterday around the Hoyt zone found HERE.
Our last significant avalanche was reported on Saturday, January 28th in the Mill Hollow zone. More deets found HERE.
But wait... there's more! If ya wanna geek out, click HERE
to track this years slide activity throughout the range.