NWS issues Winter Storm Watch for Washington, Iron counties

SOUTHERN UTAH — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “Winter Storm Watch” for Washington and Iron counties in effect late Tuesday night through Thursday afternoon.

Affected area

Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:55 a.m., Utah, Dec. 23, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather | Click on photo to enlarge
Dots denote affected area at radar time 4:30 p.m., Southern Utah, Dec. 29, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather | Click on photo to enlarge

Much of Southern Utah including southwest and south central Utah, the southern mountains, the San Rafael Swell and the Lake Powell area, including the cities of Green River, Hanksville, Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, Kanab, Escalante, Bullfrog, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon.

Snow accumulations

Ten to 20 inches is expected across the higher terrain with 6 to 12 inches across the valleys. Locally higher amounts are possible, particularly along the Highway 12 Corridor including the Escalante and Boulder areas.

Timing

Snow will become heavy at times late Tuesday night through the day Wednesday, and continuing into Thursday before tapering off.

Impacts

Travel will likely be impacted across the region late Tuesday night through Thursday morning, including portions of the Interstate 15 and Highway 89 corridors, as well as state Routes 12 and 24.

Precautionary preparedness actions

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

Spotter information

Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions according to standard operating procedures.

For more information visit the National Weather Service website or for information regarding potential road travel impacts visit the Utah Department of Transportation website.

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