Cottonwood Canyons
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Updated December 14 @ 7:05 pm

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Cottonwood Canyons

December 14 @ 7:05 pm

Current Conditions

At 6:00 pm, the temperature near the top of Brighton's Crest chairlift was 22 degrees. Winds at the top of Brighton's Great Western chairlift are averaging 20 mph out of the south-southwest with gusts to 34. In the last 12 hours, the snow depth near the top of Brighton's Crest chairlift has decreased 1 inch. In the last 4 weeks, the depth has increased 29 inches.

Forecast Conditions

The forecast says that from 5:00 pm today until 5:00 am tomorrow, there is an 80 percent chance of a trace of snow and a 20 percent chance of 0 to 1 inch. The nighttime low temperature will be 26 degrees. And tomorrow, from 5:00 am until 5:00 pm, there is a 10 percent chance of a trace. The daytime high temperature will be 38 degrees.

Avalanche Advisory

The Utah Avalanche Center's bottom-line avalanche forecast for the Salt Lake area on Friday, December 14, says, "The avalanche danger is MODERATE on mid and upper elevation slopes facing northwest through easterly, and on upper elevation west and southeasterly facing slopes. Slab avalanches could break 2 to 4 feet deep, failing near the ground on weak, sugary facets. \tOld wind drifts can still be triggered on steep slopes, and any new soft drifts from the afternoon winds will be easy to trigger. \t \tWet loose sluffs can be triggered on steep, sunny slopes if the snow becomes damp, serious if they push you over a rock band or into a gully. \t \tGood news \u2013 Wednesday\u2019s storm did a good job covering the old, tracked and worn out snow surface, and once again there\u2019s plenty of excellent \u2013 and safer \u2013 riding on southerly and lower angle slopes."

24-Hour Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

December 14 @ 3:20 pm

5:00 pm - 5:00 am5:00 am - 5:00 pm

80% chance of
a trace

20% chance of
0 to 1 inch

(0.01" to 0.05" of H2O)

90% chance of
no new snow

10% chance of
a trace

A weak system will bring a very low chance of snow to the northern Utah mountains tonight into early Saturday. Otherwise, ridging will move into the area. 

Avalanche Forecast

Salt Lake

December 14 @ 6:34 am

Moderate Hazard

Current Temperature

Alta
Guard House

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Brighton's Crest

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Current Wind

Cardiff Peak Wind

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

48-Hour Snow Depth

Snowbird

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Brighton's Crest

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Current depth: 32"
Change in 12 hours: -1"
Change in 24 hours: -2"
Change in 48 hours: N/A
(Some depths questionable.)

Current depth: 45"
Change in 12 hours: -1"
Change in 24 hours: -1"
Change in 48 hours: -1"
(Many depths questionable.)

30-Day Snow Depth

Snowbird

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Brighton's Crest

December 14 @ 6:00 pm

Current depth: 32"
Change in 1 week: 4"
Change in 2 weeks: 0"
Change in 4 weeks: 26"
(Some depths questionable.)

Current depth: 45"
Change in 1 week: -1"
Change in 2 weeks: -7"
Change in 4 weeks: 29"
(Some depths questionable.)

7-Day Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

December 14 @ 6:13 pm

Tonight: A slight chance of snow showers before 5am. Mostly cloudy. Low around 20, with temperatures rising to around 23 overnight. South southwest wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.


Saturday: Mostly sunny. High near 29, with temperatures falling to around 23 in the afternoon. South wind 15 to 22 mph.


Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low around 20, with temperatures rising to around 22 overnight. Southeast wind around 17 mph.


Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 32. Southeast wind 14 to 17 mph.


Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Southeast wind around 18 mph.


Monday: A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.


Monday Night: A slight chance of snow showers before 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.


Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.


Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.


Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.


Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 34.


Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.


Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.


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