NWS upgrades weather advisory to Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow

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SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has upgraded the “Winter Weather Advisory” for Washington, Iron, Kane, Garfield and Beaver counties Sunday afternoon to a “Winter Storm Warning” for heavy snow, in effect until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Affected area

Dots denote affected area at radar time 4:10 p.m., Southern Utah, March 1, 2015 | Image courtesy of the National Weather | Click on photo to enlarge
Dots denote affected area at radar time 4:10 p.m., Southern Utah, March 1, 2015 | Image courtesy of the National Weather | Click on photo to enlarge

The southern mountains of Utah.

Snow accumulations

New accumulation of 1 to 2 feet expected with local amounts around 3 feet possible.

Timing

Snow, heavy at times, will continue Sunday night through Monday before tapering off Tuesday. The heaviest snow is expected Sunday night into Monday.

Impacts

Impaired travel due to heavy snow is expected across the southern mountains Sunday night through Monday, including the higher passes of Interstate 15, along with Highway 89.

Precautionary preparedness actions

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means that significant accumulations of snow are expected or occurring. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Use caution. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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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