Winter storm will impact travel tonight and tomorrow

Winter storm will impact travel tonight and tomorrow

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Happy Tuesday Utah! Across Beehive State, it’s going to be a two-day story. Indeed, in northern Utah, a winter storm will bring snow this afternoon through tonight, while in southern Utah, skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with temperatures slightly warmer than yesterday.

We will see highs in the mid 50s in St. George while most of central and southern Utah will find daytime highs in the 40s. Along the Wasatch Front highs will still be well below the average, mid to upper 30s. Other than any wet weather, skies will be mostly cloudy to partly sunny in the north.

So far today most of the snow in northern Utah has been confined to the higher elevations, but as we progress through the afternoon into tonight , chances of snow will increase in our northern Utah valleys. Due to the installation of this system, winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect for most of northern Utah.

winter storm warning encompasses our northern Utah mountains, including the Wasatch Mountains and the Bear River Range. Winter weather advisories include the Wasatch Back, Cache Valley, Uinta, Wasatch Plateau, Wasatch Front, Tooele and Rush Valleys, and along the I-15 corridor to Interchange I -15/70.

Most models showed a decent flurry of snow in northern Utah all around the evening, which means snow accumulation will be possible, especially for higher elevations, Cache Valley and at least some parts of the Wasatch front for the evening ride so plan accordingly. Snow can be heavy at times and with windy conditions blowing snow cannot be ruled out.

Snow will likely remain overnight and into tomorrow morning in northern Utah as moisture continues to spread south. This will mean the possibility of a slippery Wednesday morning ride from north to central Utah, especially along the I-15 corridor to Beaver.

Over the course of tomorrow the snow will gradually diminish from north to south, but snow will likely remain along the Wasatch Front until at least noon. In central and southern Utah, the chance of rain won’t be as high, but even in the second half of the day, snow will be possible tomorrow in Cedar City and light rain can’t be ruled out in St. George late tomorrow until early Thursday. By Thursday morning, all the moisture will dissipate as a blast of colder air enters.

Snow totals with this storm are going to be the highest in northern Utah. Our northern Utah mountains will see between 8 and 16″ of snow, but in the cottonwoods and potentially northern Wasatch, snow totals of 20″+ will be possible. Isolated quantities of 2 feet in these areas cannot be excluded!

Along the North Wasatch Front and Cache Valley 4-8″ will be possible, while the rest of the Wasatch Front, North Valleys and Southwest Wyoming see 2-6″. For our central mountains 6-10″, the southern mountains will see 2-6″, and the central and southern valleys could pick up anywhere from a 4″ trace of snow, the central valley seeing a bit more at the upper end of this range.

A blast of cold air will follow this system resulting in freezing temperatures Wednesday evening and more specifically Thursday evening. Thursday’s daytime highs will struggle to climb to 30 in Salt Lake City and 50 in St. George. With the sun returning on Friday and Saturday, temperatures will steadily moderate, with mostly dry skis remaining in place across the state through Sunday.

Take-out? After a short break, our next winter storm moves in today with impacts through Wednesday.

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