I am deeply saddened to report a very tragic avalanche accident. Two skiers were caught and buried in a large avalanche in Upper Weber Canyon yesterday. One skier was successfully rescued and survived. Sadly, the second skier was buried deeper and did not survive. A preliminary report is available HERE.
Nowcast- A thick band of clouds slide into the area this morning, delivering a light coat of white paint across the region. Temperatures are mild, registering in the teens and upper 20's, nearly 10 degrees warmer than yesterday at this time. Southerly winds stole the show at the turn of the new day, blowing 40-60 mph near the high ridges, and continue in that spirit early this morning. A good shot of cold snow is on the way, so it's a good day to get some chores done and gear up for a deep weekend.
Forecast- A rough and rowdy atmospheric river brings rising snow levels and warming temperatures throughout the day. We can expect 3"-6" of very dense snow as temperatures climb into the mid 30's. South and southwest winds crank into the 70's.
Futurecast- A cold front arrives around 8:00 tonight, delivering cooler air along with a switch to west and northwest winds and a decrease in velocity. Snowfall rates quickly diminish after midnight, becoming light and showery. A foot of snow is a good bet by Saturday morning.
Our good friends and partners at the NWS lay out the timeline for our incoming storm in the graphic above.
Detailed trip reports and recent obs are found HERE.
Remotely triggered Wednesday in Mill Hollow, a small pocket on a southeast facing slope at 9,400'. The heads up here is a trend that mimics the Wasatch from earlier this week and yesterday's accident as well. I often think southeast aspects in the Uinta's have a little more polar, than solar to their snow structure and with a robust storm to round out the work week, we might wanna keep an eye on this aspect.
Otherwise, plenty of avy activity to peruse if ya wanna geek out... click HERE
to track this years slide activity throughout the range.