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ALTA LIVES UP TO REPUTATION AS SNOW HUB

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Alta, the "snow capital of the Wasatch," did it again.

The Little Cottonwood Canyon resort chalked up a record 55.5 inches of snow between 5:15 p.m. Wednesday and 5:15 p.m. Thursday, eclipsing the previous record of 45 inches that fell Nov. 22-23, 1992, said William J. Alder, meteorologist in charge of the Salt Lake office of the National Weather Service.The 55.5 inches is a 24-hour record for all of Utah - valleys or mountains - Alder said, labeling the snowfall as "just a perfect storm." The snow contained 3.20 inches of water.

Alder said the valley snowfall record is 35 inches, which fell during a 24-hour period on Feb. 5, 1953, in Kanosh, Millard County.

The storm total at the Alta guard station, where Thursday's record was measured, was 69.5 inches of snow, which contained 4.65 inches of water, for the 48-hour period ending at 11 p.m. Thursday.

Snowbird reported 68 inches.