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Thickening overnight clouds draped our mountains and produced the first thin coat of white paint with most areas only reporting a trace to a couple traces of snow early this morning (3:00 am). Southerly winds picked up right around lunchtime, blowing in the 30's for most of Saturday, with a few overnight gusts into the 50's near the high peaks. Current temperatures register in the upper 20's and low 30's. It's gonna be a bit rugged out there this morning, so maybe get a few chores done and let a little more snow stack up before heading to your nearest trailhead.
Strong southerly winds usher in a quick hitting storm along with colder temperatures and the entire package arrives in the next couple hours. Not a big storm, but we should see 4"-8" of snow stack up by days end. Winds switch to the northwest early this morning and begin tapering off and blowing a more reasonable 20-30 mph along the high ridges. We've most likely hit our high temperatures for the day and they'll be falling into the teens and low 20's by days end.
Cold and clear weather kicks off the work week with a gradual warming trend slated by Wednesday.
As for snow conditions- we took the old school bus out for a few laps and found you've gotta be on your game this time of the year as the sun is high in the sky and it has baked all but the most northerly facing slopes in the alpine. But don't let your soft snow heart be troubled, there are large swaths of shallow, cold snow... just don't stray too far off aspect or you'll be dealing with varying degrees of breakable crust.
Trip reports and snowpack observations are found HERE.
Looking for real-time temps, snow, or wind? Click HERE and then on the "western Uinta" tab for western Uinta specific, weather station network.
No significant avalanche activity to report from the past few days and most avalanche activity occurred last weekend (links to some of those slides below).