Cottonwood Canyons
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Updated February 27 @ 6:50 am

Summary

Cottonwood Canyons

February 27 @ 6:50 am

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Current Conditions

Happy Polar Bear Day! At 6:00 am, the temperature near the top of Brighton's Crest chairlift was 6 degrees. Winds on Cardiff Peak are averaging 2 mph out of the north with gusts to 17. In the last 12 hours, the snow depth midway up Solitude's Summit chairlift has increased 9 inches. In the last 4 weeks, the depth has increased 46 inches.

Forecast Conditions

The forecast says that today, from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, there is a 90 percent chance of 3 to 8 inches of snow and a 10 percent chance of 8 to 10 inches. The daytime high temperature will be 15 degrees. And from 5:00 pm today until 5:00 am tomorrow, there is a 75 percent chance of a trace to 1 inch of snow and a 25 percent chance of 1 to 2 inches. The nighttime low temperature will be 8 degrees.

Total snowfall of 24 to 34 inches is forecast for the next storm which will begin at approximately 5 pm on Friday and end at noon on Monday. Total water in this storm is expected to be 1.75 to 2.5 inches.

Avalanche Forecast

The Utah Avalanche Center's avalanche forecast for the Salt Lake area on Tuesday, February 27, says, "Today, there is a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on upper-elevation slopes where you are likely to trigger wind-drifted snow avalanches near ridgelines and terrain features; and at mid elevations facing east and southeast where you may trigger a persistent weak layer avalanche that breaks on facets above a crust 2 feet-3 feet deep. The avalanche danger is MODERATE on other mid-elevation slopes and LOW at the lowest elevations. Strong overnight winds created fresh wind-drifts at upper elevations and new snow may be covering them. These wind-drifts may break above you 1 foot-3 feet deep; and can be avoided by choosing terrain out of the wind zone."

News Alerts

Cottonwood Canyons

February 27 @ 6:50 am

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A UDOT backcountry closure alert for Little Cottonwood (LCC Full North Side) was updated on February 27 at 5:46 am. The status is "closed". This applies to all terrain north of Little Cottonwood Creek from Gate B to Grizzly Gulch. Extends 100 feet over Twin Lakes Pass, and 1000 meters into Big Cottonwood. This alert starts on February 26 @ 10:00 pm and ends on February 27 @ 8:30 am. (details)

12/24-Hour Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

February 27 @ 2:52 am

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

90% chance of
3 to 8 inches

(0.25" to 0.45" of H2O)

10% chance of
8 to 10 inches

(0.45" to 0.55" of H2O)

75% chance of
a trace to 1 inch

25% chance of
1 to 2 inches

(0.05" to 0.10" of H2O)

Northwest flow will remain across the area through the afternoon, gradually shifting to the west... Total snowfall of 24 to 34 inches is forecast for the next storm which will begin at approximately 5 pm on Friday and end at noon...

7-Day Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

February 27 @ 4:03 am

Today: Snow and areas of blowing snow. Mostly cloudy. High near 10, with temperatures falling to around 8 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as -15. West northwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.


Tonight: A slight chance of snow before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -15. West wind 10 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -8. West southwest wind around 12 mph.


Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as 6. Southwest wind around 14 mph.


Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 31. South wind 14 to 23 mph.


Thursday Night: A slight chance of snow after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


Friday: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


Friday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.


Saturday: Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. New snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible.


Saturday Night: Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. New snow accumulation of 13 to 19 inches possible.


Sunday: Snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.


Sunday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Monday: A chance of snow before 5pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 14. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.


Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 3.


Avalanche Forecast

Salt Lake

February 27 @ 3:22 am

Considerable Hazard

Current Temperature

Alta
Guard House

February 27 @ 6:00 am

Brighton's Crest

February 27 @ 6:00 am

24-Hour Wind

Cardiff Peak Wind

February 27 @ 6:10 am

48-Hour Snow Depth

Alta's Collins

February 27 @ 6:00 am

Solitude's Summit

February 27 @ 5:00 am

Current depth: 147"
Change in 12 hours: 6"
Change in 24 hours: 5"
Change in 48 hours: 3"

Current depth: 107"
Change in 12 hours: 9"
Change in 24 hours: 9"
Change in 48 hours: N/A
(Some depths questionable.)

30-Day Snow Depth

Alta's Collins

February 27 @ 6:00 am

Solitude's Summit

February 27 @ 5:00 am

Current depth: 147"
Change in 1 week: 0"
Change in 2 weeks: 19"
Change in 4 weeks: 49"
(Some depths questionable.)

Current depth: 107"
Change in 1 week: 4"
Change in 2 weeks: 25"
Change in 4 weeks: 46"
(Some depths questionable.)

Radar

NOAA Radar

February 27 @ 6:50 am

Avalanche Rescue

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February 27

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