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April brings mountain snow showers

SALT LAKE CITY — April showers brought welcome snow showers to the mountains of northern Utah, with the ski resorts and many higher elevation communities reporting more than a foot of new snow.

Early morning 48-hour storm totals logged by the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City show the Park City summit gained 12 inches of snow, Brighton crest received 13 inches and Solitude got 11 inches.

The stormy pattern gave a gentle boost to Utah's poorly performing precipitation totals, which statewide was noted Monday as just 76 percent of average. The number is even more dismal when it comes to the amount of water contained in the snowpack — just 68 percent of average.

All of Utah's northern basins up to the Idaho border are hovering in the 70 percent range for precipitation, and secondary water delivery systems are already advising of watering restrictions to help the state ease through the months ahead.

The weather service is anticipating a warming and drying trend for Wednesday and Thursday, with a cold front expected to return Friday and bring more mountain snow.

Water managers hope a pattern like that holds so the snowpack stays in the mountains longer for prolonged storage flexibility.

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

Twitter: amyjoi16