HIGHS

FOR THE MONTH (JAN. 14) 57.0(DEG)

AVERAGE THIS MONTH 42.2(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 36.4(DEG)

RECORD (JAN. 26, 1982) 62.0(DEG)

LOWS

FOR THE MONTH (JAN. 1,3) 14.0(DEG)

AVERAGE THIS MONTH 27.6(DEG)

30-YEAR AVERAGE 19.3(DEG)

RECORD (JAN. 25, 1949) -22.0(DEG)

SNOW

SNOWFALL FOR JANUARY 11.1"

NORMAL JANUARY SNOWFALL 13.7"

SEASONAL SNOWFALL (SEPT.-JAN.) 58.0"

NORMAL SEASONAL SNOWFALL 33.8"

PRECIPITATION

TOTAL FOR JANUARY 1.81"

30-YEAR AVERAGE 1.11"

MOST IN 24 HOURS (JAN. 15) 0.91"

RECORD (1993) 3.23"

Records set at Salt Lake weather station

JAN. 9: Record-high minimum temperature of 42; old record, 40 degrees in 1980.

JAN. 10: Record-high minimum temperature of 43 degrees; old record, 37 degrees in 1960.

JAN. 15: Record 24-hour precipitation of 0.91 of an inch; old record, 0.65 inches, 1991.

Utah Weather Highlights:

JAN. 4-8: A statewide storm, with moisture feeding in from California, blanketed Utah. By the weekend the flow aloft turned more southwesterly with temperatures moderating to well above normal levels. Snow over the state changed to rain in most valleys with the mountains receiving heavy amounts of snow.

Due to warm weather conditions, some avalanche activity occurred on the 7th. A group of boys snowboarding down Timp trail were hit by an avalanche in Aspen Grove. Two boys were were buried up to their necks but were dug out by the other two youths. U-31 was closed for a short time when a snowslide covered the highway in the Huntington Canyon area. Other snowslides occurred on Wolf Mountain, Pointy Peak and the Sound of Music Peak. Some snowfall amounts were (in inches), Alta, 38; Brighton, 33; Blanding, 10; Holladay, 4; Brigham City, 9; and Morgan/Porterville, 8.

JAN. 13: Much above normal temperatures, along with rains and wet snow the day before, created unstable conditions in the canyons, especially Big Cottonwood. Just below the Spruces, a 45-ton boulder smashed a car, killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring his mother.

JAN. 14: Two snowmobilers were hit by an avalanche and killed about 11 a.m. when they were touring dangerous terrain in the Cutler Ridge area near Ben Lomond Peak in Weber County. The victims were the first snowmobilers ever killed by a Utah avalanche.

JAN. 15-17: A major storm, laced with thunderstorms and "Sierra cement" (wet snow with lots of water) and a strong cold front hit Utah on Sunday, the 15th, continuing intermittently into the 17th. On the 17th, a spectacular avalanche struck and bounced a car off the road in the White Pine slide area just below Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon. A man and woman in their 20s were slightly injured.

A near-record 100 inches (99.7) of snow fell at the Alta Utah Department of Transportation location in about 68 hours, from early on the 15th to the evening of the 17th. The amount was very close to the record 105 inches of snow in a single storm that fell in the same location between Jan. 24-30, 1965. Some other snowfall amounts from the storm: Alta, 74 inches: Brighton, 38; Pleasant Grove, 13; Alpine, 16; north Orem, 14; Salt Lake International Airport, 9; Holladay, 11; Sundance, 24; Duck Creek Village, 14; and Manti, 5.

JAN. 25-27: Heavy snow fell in the mountains, including portions of Wayne County. Most valley locations received a light dusting of snow. Snowfall amounts: Alta, 28 inches; Brian Head, 34; Bryce Canyon, 23; Duck Creek Village, Kane County, 35; Capitol Reef, 5; Torrey and Bicknell, Wayne County, 12 and 4, respectively; and Kanab, 2.

Some monthly precipitation totals: Alta, 16.06 inches (237 percent of normal); Blanding, 2.04 inches (166 percent of normal); Brigham City, 3.65 inches (197 percent); Bryce Canyon, 4.51 (389 percent); Holladay, 2.56 (167 percent); Kanab, 4.04 (271 percent); Provo-BYU, 3.01 (201 percent); Heber City, 2.18 (122 percent); Richmond, 2.45 (168 percent); Tooele, 1.63 (152 percent); and Zion National Park, 4.97 inches (313 percent of normal).

Source: Salt Lake office, National Weather Service