Weather Alert: Wintry weather may impact Thanksgiving travel

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SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “Special Weather Statement” for Washington, Iron, Kane, Beaver and Garfield counties Sunday, advising motorists planning to travel for Thanksgiving to consider traveling Tuesday ahead of the storm.

Affected areas

Dots indicate the area included in the wintry weather advisory, Utah, Nov. 22, 2015, 1:45 p.m. | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Dots indicate the area included in the wintry weather advisory, Utah, Nov. 22, 2015, 1:45 p.m. | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

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’s Dixie and Zion National Park, south central Utah, Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell, central mountains, southern mountains and southwest Wyoming, including the cities of:

Logan, Smithfield, Brigham City, Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake City, Tooele, Lehi, Provo, Nephi, Wendover, Snowville, Huntsville, Park City, Heber City, Woodruff, Randolph, Alta, Brighton, Mirror Lake, Highway, Scofield, Duchesne, Roosevelt, Price, Castle Dale, Emery, Green River, Hanksville, Manti, Richfield, Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, St. George, Kanab, Escalante, Bullfrog, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch, Bryce Canyon and Evanston.

Wintry weather Thanksgiving travel impact

Wintry weather looks to return to the region Wednesday, a day ahead of Thanksgiving, according to the National Weather Service. This could cause significant travel impacts across much of Utah, including the Interstate 15 corridor and Interstate 80 across Utah eastward across Wyoming.

If your travel plans are flexible, consider traveling Tuesday ahead of the storm.

UPDATE: 3:55 p.m. – “Some uncertainty remains regarding the onset of snowfall, however at this point it appears late Wednesday morning through Wednesday night will be the period of greatest impact,” according to the National Weather Service update.

Additional winter weather is possible over the weekend. Those with holiday travel plans are encouraged to monitor the weather forecast for updates and plan travel accordingly.

Precautionary preparedness actions

Roads will be slick and visibilities may be limited. Use caution when traveling, especially in open areas. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Use caution. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

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