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Monday, January 26, 2009

Big Storm Dumps on Utah, Sets Record In Salt Lake City

Massive amounts of rain and snow fell on Utah over the weekend. The National Weather Service reports these storm totals to date. Snow is still falling in spots, so the numbers may creep upward.

-- Brighton Crest, 37.0 inches new snow
-- Alta - Collins, 34.0 inches new snow
-- Snowbird, 28.0 inches new snow
-- Solitude, 27.0 inches new snow
-- Park City Jupiter Peak, 23.0 inches new snow

On Sunday alone, Salt Lake City picked up 0.68 inches of precipitation, breaking a 22-year-old record for that date.

The new snow increased avalanche danger in many areas. Avalanche control work is conducted at ski resorts and along highways. No control work is done in backcountry areas. The Utah Avalanche Center has issued avalanche warms for some areas, saying people should stay off of and out from underneath slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper. See the center's website for details.

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