Although we've cooled off some, temperatures remain above average for a morning in March in both the valleys and the mountains. In the case of the latter, at 7 AM it was 36ºF at the base of Alta and 33ºF at Alta-Collins (9700 feet). Alta-Collins picked up 4" of snow last night with 0.81" of water. It may have started out as rain at that elevation, but I suspect most of the 0.81" fell as snow, so we're talking thick, creamy stuff. It's tough to say from the web cams, but it appears most of the precipitation below about 9000 feet fell in the form of rain overnight. What a waste of water!
On my way to the bus at about 7 AM, I saw a number of flashes of lightning over the Wasatch. Indeed, flashes were detected this morning around the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, the south Salt Lake Valley, the Cottonwoods, and Parley's Canyon (see filled circles below).
What you see is what you get and for the rest of the day today, scattered showers and thunderstorms are on tap. Snow levels will remain high and probably around 8000-9000 feet, but may temporarily drop in heavier precipitation.
Right now it looks like a pretty good deluge tonight and tomorrow as the main trough comes through, with snow levels mercifully lowering tonight and reaching near bench level by about 8 am tomorrow morning. This sounds crazy, but the skiing might actually be good tomorrow at upper elevations. The average water content of the snow will be high, but that will help bury the spring snow, and it should be right-side up.