Winter weather advisory: Snow for mountains of Washington, Garfield, Kane, Beaver, Iron counties

SOUTHERN UTAH — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for the southern mountains of Utah in effect until Saturday evening.

Winter weather advisory. Dots denote affected areas in Utah as of Dec. 12, 2014, 3:55 p.m. | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Winter weather advisory. Dots denote affected areas in Utah as of Dec. 12, 2014, 3:55 p.m. | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

Affected areas

The southern mountains of Utah specific to Garfield, Kane, Beaver, Iron and Washington counties and the towns of Loa, Panguitch and areas surrounding Bryce Canyon National Park.

Timing

Snow accumulations will total six to 12 inches with locally higher amounts in the Pine Valley Mountains. Snow will move into the area by early evening Friday and increase through the night. Snow will become more showery by Saturday afternoon before tapering off Saturday night.

Snow levels are expected to fall to near 8,000 feet initially and dropping to 6,500 feet by Saturday afternoon. Impacts will create hazardous driving conditions along with higher elevation roadways Friday night through Saturday night.

Precautions and Preparedness

The snow accumulations will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow-covered roads and use caution while driving.

Spotter information statement

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

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

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