|Alta looking like Alta should|
Today was quite warm. Snow levels at about 4:30 PM were just below the base of Snowbird. It was so strange to drive down the canyon in the rain in December.
Owing to the warmth, the snow today consisted almost entirely of graupel, ice pellets, and heavily rimed crystals. At times, if your face was exposed, it felt like a bad shave. If you look at some of the crystals below, you can see evidence of a hexagonal shape, but they are so heavily rimed that the original snowflake is impossible to discern.
Snowfall totals are essentially meaningless in a storm like this. From Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, Alta-Collins recorded only 7 inches of snow, but that snow contained 0.89" of water. Then, from early this morning until 5 PM, Alta-Collins recorded only 5 inches of snow, but that snow contained 0.78" of water. We're talking high-density base builder, which is just what we need.
The water equivalent so far for this atmospheric river event is thus up to 1.67" of water. As I type this, the radar looks BEAUTIFUL. Solid echoes upstream.