The first day of spring was ushered in Monday on the heels of a beneficial weekend storm. Monday produced a mixed bag of weather in many parts of the state.
Spring, which begins when the center of the sun is exactly over the equator as the Earth tilts on its axis, arrived in the Mountain West at 8:28 a.m. as National Weather Service forecasters were compiling statistics from a storm that dumped substantial amounts of snow in the mountains along the Wasatch Front.While bench areas received a half inch to an inch of snow, Park West received 24 inches of new snow; Alta, 22 inches; Solitude, 20 inches; Snowbird, 19; and Park City, 15 inches, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge at the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service. Bennion, South Jordan and some other Salt Lake County areas and Tooele received about an inch.
Weather watchers said the snow was very wet compared with many earlier storms. The storm, which was accompanied by hail, thunder, lightning and high wind gusts Sunday afternoon, left 2.23 inches of water at Snowbird; 2.03 at Alta; 1.20, Brighton; .91, Tooele; .84, downtown Salt Lake City; .81, Holladay; .80, Ogden, Mountain Dell Reservoir and Trenton, Cache County; .72, Layton; .64, Salt Lake International Airport; .62, Tooele; .53, Heber City; .52, Brigham Young University; .50, Brigham City; .32, Coalville; .18, Nephi; .17, Delta; and .01 at Cedar City and Green River.
Alder said the forecast calls for warmer and mostly sunny weather Tuesday. Temperatures will reach the mid- to upper 50s Tuesday and perhaps the same Wednesday. Unsettled, showery conditions are forecast for Wednesday through Friday.
And the weekend? The meteorologist said those wearing Easter bonnets might find them decorated with snow, "but I hope not."