Winter weather advisory for Washington, Iron Counties

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for snow and blowing snow for Washington and Iron Counties, in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Affected areas

Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:45 a.m., Southern Utah, March 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service
Dots denote affected area at radar time 9:45 a.m., Southern Utah, March 26, 2014 | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service

Southern Mountains, including the cities of Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon.

Snow accumulations

1 to 3 inches in mountain valleys with 5 to 10 inches in the higher terrain.

Timing

Winds developing this morning, but snow not developing until early to midafternoon. Snow will become heavy at times this afternoon before dissipating during the mid-evening.

Winds

Ridgetop winds southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 70 mph.

Impacts

Most of Highway 89 should see limited accumulating snowfall but strong crosswinds are forecast. The greatest winter impacts are likely near Brian Head and Boulder Mountain along with Hogans Pass on Route 72 near Loa, where the combination of snowfall and winds could locally mimic winter storm conditions. Operators of high profile vehicles should use extra caution. Wind sensitive operations may be impacted.

Precautionary, preparedness actions

A winter weather advisory means that visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and blowing snow. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas.

Road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation

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