Cottonwood Canyons
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Updated December 12 @ 3:50 am

Summary

Cottonwood Canyons

December 12 @ 3:50 am

Current Conditions

At 3:00 am, the temperature near the top of Brighton's Crest chairlift was 23 degrees. Winds at the top of Brighton's Great Western chairlift are averaging 16 mph out of the west-northwest with gusts to 31. In the last 48 hours, the snow depth near the top of Brighton's Crest chairlift has decreased 3 inches. In the last 4 weeks, the depth has increased 12 inches.

Forecast Conditions

The forecast says that today, from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm, there is an 80 percent chance of 3 to 6 inches of snow and a 20 percent chance of 7 to 9 inches. The daytime high temperature will be 34 degrees. And from 5:00 pm today until 5:00 am tomorrow, there is a 70 percent chance of 5 to 9 inches of snow and a 30 percent chance of 2 to 4 inches. The nighttime low temperature will be 22 degrees.

Total snowfall of 14 to 24 inches is forecast for the next storm which will begin at approximately noon today and end at 10 pm on Saturday. Total water in this storm is expected to be 1.2 to 1.85 inches.

Avalanche Forecast

The Utah Avalanche Center's avalanche forecast for the Salt Lake area on Wednesday, December 11, says, "Today the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on northerly and east-facing slopes at mid and upper elevations where a persistent weak layer of snow exists 2-4 feet deep. The avalanche danger is MODERATE on southerly-facing and west-facing slopes at mid and upper elevations which don't have the persistent weak layer on the ground. On these aspects watch for signs of shallow slabs of wind drifted snow, and avoid them. LOW avalanche danger exists at low elevations which continue to have generally safe avalanche conditions."

24-Hour Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

December 12 @ 3:20 am

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

80% chance of
3 to 6 inches

(0.3" to 0.5" of H2O)

20% chance of
7 to 9 inches

(0.6" to 0.8" of H2O)

70% chance of
5 to 9 inches

(0.3" to 0.7" of H2O)

30% chance of
2 to 4 inches

(0.2" to 0.3" of H2O)

...WINTER STORM WARNING FROM NOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON... A long duration snowfall event will begin today and continue through ... Total snowfall of 14 to 24 inches is forecast for the next storm which will begin at approximately noon today and end at 10 pm ...

Avalanche Forecast

Salt Lake

December 11 @ 5:15 am

Considerable Hazard

Current Temperature

Alta
Guard House

December 12 @ 3:00 am

Brighton's Crest

December 12 @ 3:00 am

Current Wind

Cardiff Peak Wind

December 12 @ 3:00 am

48-Hour Snow Depth

Alta's Collins

December 12 @ 3:00 am

Brighton's Crest

December 12 @ 3:00 am

Current depth: 52"
Change in 12 hours: 0"
Change in 24 hours: -1"
Change in 48 hours: -3"

Current depth: 41"
Change in 12 hours: -1"
Change in 24 hours: -1"
Change in 48 hours: -3"

30-Day Snow Depth

Alta's Collins

December 12 @ 1:00 am

Brighton's Crest

December 12 @ 1:00 am

Current depth: 33"
Change in 1 week: 0"
Change in 2 weeks: 0"
Change in 4 weeks: 14"
(Some depths questionable.)

Current depth: 25"
Change in 1 week: 0"
Change in 2 weeks: 0"
Change in 4 weeks: 12"
(Some depths questionable.)

7-Day Forecast

Cottonwood Canyons

December 11 @ 9:05 pm

Overnight: Snow likely. Cloudy. Low around 16, with temperatures rising to around 22 overnight. West southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.


Thursday: Snow. Cloudy. High near 29, with temperatures falling to around 25 in the afternoon. West southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.


Thursday Night: Snow. Cloudy. Low around 22, with temperatures rising to around 24 overnight. West wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.


Friday: Snow. Cloudy, with a high near 25. West southwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Friday Night: Snow. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Southwest wind around 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Saturday: Snow before 5pm, then a chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.


Saturday Night: A chance of snow showers before 5am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


Sunday: A chance of snow before 5pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16.


Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.


Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 15.


Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.


Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.


Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.


Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 23.


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