I am currently working with the operation involved in the March 9th avalanche accident in Weber Canyon and preparing a report. Please be patient as I sort out the details of this complicated incident. A preliminary report is available HERE.
Nowcast- Clouds slide into the northwest corner of the state early this morning and temperatures finish up the swing shift registering in the teens and mid 20's. West and southwest winds blow 15-25 mph along the high ridges. I know you're searching for quality riding conditions and it's all about aspect this time of year... solars have taken on heat and are crusty, but polars offer cold, settled snow on mid and upper elevation shady slopes.
Forecast- Hang on to your hats... if you wear 'em :) A warm, wet, windy storm is on the doorstep. Clouds thicken throughout the day, temperatures climb into the upper 30's, and southwest winds crank into the 50's along the ridges with higher gusts near the peaks by dinnertime. Snow develops late tonight and continues into Wednesday.
Futurecast- The party gets going Wednesday as a very robust AR slams into the sate. Expect dense, heavy snow, ripping winds, and warm temperatures. As cold air filters into the region late in the day, snow densities decrease overnight and we'll see scattered snow showers linger into Thursday. Storm totals in the 18"-24" range with nearly 2" of H2O seem reasonable.
Robert Zimmerman might not need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but it sure is nice to have our partners at the NWS help determine how much snow and water is gonna stack up. We are grateful for this decades-long relationship and the graphic above helps all of us determine a better timeline for the upcoming storm.
Detailed trip reports and recent obs are found HERE.
We're still taking inventory of all the recent natural avalanche activity that was driven by Friday's storm, but a common theme is... steep, wind drifted, terrain with an east aspect to its orientation around the range came to life with many large avalanches breaking deep and wide. (like this slide in Upper Chalk Creek)
But wait, there's more... plenty of avy activity to peruse if ya wanna geek out. Click HERE
to track this years slide activity throughout the range.