Bundle up: Hazardous weather outlook for southwest Utah

This file photo from November 2015 illustrates how speed mixed with less-than-ideal road conditions were considered factors in a car-versus-semi collision on northbound Interstate 15 near milepost 32. Washington County, Utah, Nov. 16, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a hazardous weather advisory for the western two-thirds of Utah and southern Wyoming through Thursday night.

A cold Pacific storm system will enter northwest Utah late Wednesday and remain over the outlook area Thursday. Significantly colder temperatures will accompany this storm with readings dropping between 15 and 25 degrees from Wednesday to Thursday.

Accumulating snow will develop over the mountains by Wednesday night and continue into Thursday. Ski resorts around the state are opening later this year because of the lack of snow.

Brian Head Resort near Parowan announced Monday the resort was forced to postpone the opening day of the ski season which typically is about a week before the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We are keeping a close watch on the forecast and will announce a new anticipated opening day as soon as possible,” a notice on the Brian Head Resort website states.

Valley locations will receive rain early in the storm with rain and snow Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Accumulations in the valleys are expected to be minimal at this time.

High pressure aloft will return to the Great Basin Friday and remain in place through the upcoming weekend. Dry conditions will exist across the outlook area with temperatures gradually warming up to near or above normal readings over the weekend and into early next week.

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