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- Dang... the warm before the storm brings ripping winds to the City of Salt and creates a restless nights sleep as I found myself anxious to get to work... even earlier than my usual o'dark thirty earliness. Of course, if garbage can tipping winds are peppering the valley, we know the ridges are getting blasted and it turns out the theory holds true. Southerly winds began increasing just as the school crossing guards finished Tuesday's morning shift and have been raking the ridges all night, blowing in the 30's and 40's with gusts to 50 mph near the high peaks. Clouds slide into the northwest corner of the state early this morning and temperatures are balmy, hovering in the mid 30's near the trailheads and mid 20's along the ridges. The snow surface has taken a hard hit and it's a good day to get morning chores done, wait for fresh snow to stack up, and perhaps consider a dusk patrol.
Forecast- The storm is on our doorstep and it's gonna get wet and wild in the next couple hours. Expect continued strong winds, warm temperatures, and dense heavy snow to develop before sunrise. Southwest winds are gonna be burly, but shift to the west and decrease as they turn northwesterly this afternoon. A solid shot of snow stacks up quickly and I'm hedging my bets on 10" of snow by late in the day.
Futurecast- As the storm winds down later today we'll see skies trend toward clearing overnight. Thursday and Friday offer spectacular days with warming temperatures heading into the end of the work week. Weak storminess slides through the area this weekend and it looks like a solid slug of moisture is in the queue for the middle of next week!
Our good friends at the Salt Lake NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning giving us a heads up on today's storm timing and duration.
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 last 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.