Coldest air of the season incoming

UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Special Weather Statement” forecasting an incoming cold front and accumulating snow beginning Tuesday.

According to the statement, a significant change in the weather pattern next week will lead to much colder temperatures and the potential for accumulating snowfall across most of Utah. The initial cold front is expected to reach northern Utah early Tuesday. The front will then continue south through the remainder of Utah Tuesday into Tuesday night.

This front has the potential to bring accumulating snowfall to the valley floor in northern Utah Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow will turn more showery on Thursday and affect mainly the mountains.

The coldest air of the season thus far is expected to spill into the regioin behind this front with high temperatures across most valley locations remaining near or below freezing beginning Wednesday and continuing through the remainder of the week.

“Confidence in this pattern change is high,” the NWS statement said, “however there is some uncertainty regarding the timing of the initial cold front.”

The statement further said that confidence is low regarding how much snowfall accumulation can be expected, particularly in the valleys.

Affected areas – Cache Valley/Utah Portion, Northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, Southern Wasatch Front, Great Salt Lake desert and mountains, Wasatch Mountain valleys, Wasatch Mountains, Interstate 80 north, Wasatch Mountains South of I-80, western Uinta Mountains, Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs, western Uinta Basin, Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, Sanpete/Sevier valleys, west-central Utah, southwest Utah, Utah’ss Dixie and Zion National Park, south-central Utah, Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell, central mountains, southern mountains, and southwest Wyoming.

Winter weather means precautionary and preparedness action is advisable. Please visit St. George News “What to do if you’re stuck in the snow” included in an earlier advisory for suggestions of how to stock your vehicle with supplies for emergency and safety precautions suited to snow and winter weather.

Dots denote area subject to National Weather Service Special Weather Statement forecasting incoming cold front; map radar time 11:50 a.m. Utah, Nov. 30, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News
Dots denote area subject to National Weather Service Special Weather Statement forecasting incoming cold front; map radar time 11:50 a.m. Utah, Nov. 30, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News

Resources

Printable / savable pdf: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather

For winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation:

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3 Comments

  • Nonbeliever November 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Please be aware of pets left out doors.
    They need appropriate shelter. If you need assistance in acquiring shelter, warming huts, hay or blankets for your pets please contact local animal rescues. They will cross post your needs to the community. Help is available.
    Be sure to bang on the hood of your vehicles before starting. Stray cats often seek the warmth of the engine.

  • Gerry Batkay December 1, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Very cool paper.

  • All Right! December 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    After all of the political hot air of the fall, it will be good to have some cold air, for a change!

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