April storms clobber northern Utah, raise snowfall

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Thanks to a series of powerful storms, the first half of April blanketed much of the Wasatch mountain range with a fifth of its average annual snowfall. The late storms transformed a largely dry winter into something closer to normal. Alta topped 500 inches of snowfall and its historic average on Tuesday, leaving a base nearly 12 feet deep. Neighboring Snowbird was an inch short of 500. Both resorts just east of Salt Lake City remain open. Alta will shut down April 25. Snowbird plans to run lifts for skiers through Memorial Day. Solitude, Brighton, Park City and Brian Head ski areas plan to close Sunday. Six other Utah resorts are shut down for the season.

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