Winter Weather Advisory; Washington, Iron Counties

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for Washington and Iron Counties, in effect from 8 p.m. this evening to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Dots denote affected area. Radar time 9:00 a.m. Southern Utah, Oct. 9, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service
Dots denote affected area. Radar time 9:00 a.m. Southern Utah, Oct. 9, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service

Affected area

The southern and central mountains above 7500 feet, including the cities of Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon.

Snow accumulations

5 to 10 inches with locally higher amounts possible along south-facing slopes.

Timing

Rain developing this afternoon will mix with then change to all snow tonight above 7500 feet. Snow, locally heavy at times especially along south-facing slopes, will continue through Thursday before tapering off.

Winds

Locally strong south winds with gusts to 40 mph can be expected early this evening before decreasing overnight.

Snow levels

Between 8000 and 8500 feet this evening lowering to between 7000 and 7500 feet by early Thursday morning.

Impacts

Snow may accumulate on high-elevation passes making travel difficult at times late tonight through Thursday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

A winter weather advisory means that snow accumulations will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads. Use caution while driving.

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3 Comments

  • Curly October 9, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Not to be a detail nazi, but the article and map all show that the advisory extends far beyond Washington and Iron counties. In fact, the majority of the impacted areas sit geographically outside Iron and Washington counties. Your headline suggests otherwise. I’d suggest this headline: Winter Weather Advisory: Utah Mountains

  • Mo October 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Curly this is taken straight from the National Weather Service so yea please spare us your details & find something better to do

  • Curly October 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    The National Weather Service is smart enough not to publish weather advisories based on county lines that have no influence on weather activity.

    Here is the exact language of their advisory: “Central and Southwest Mountains; Southern Utah Mountains”

    Details are important…especially for the media!

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