Winter storm warning issued for higher elevations; snow expected

Two motorists attempt to move a car out of a traffic lane. Salt Lake City, undated | Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A winter storm warning is in effect from 11 p.m. Saturday evening to 5 a.m. Tuesday morning along mountain ranges throughout Utah.

Affected area

The Wasatch mountains, the western Uinta mountains, the Book Cliffs and Wasatch plateau and the central and southern mountains of Utah.

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Shaded areas denote area covered by a winter storm warning issued Saturday through Tuesday | Map courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge.

Snow Accumulations

Total accumulation of 18 to 30 inches; more expected in isolated areas.

Timing

Snow will develop Saturday evening and continue through the night. A period of moderate to heavy snow can be expected Saturday night through Sunday morning. Snow may decrease in intensity for a period later Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow will once again develop Sunday evening into early Monday morning with another round of moderate to heavy snow expected Monday afternoon into early Tuesday morning.

Winds

West to northwest winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Impacts

Winter driving conditions can be expected across mountain passes and roadways through the period. The worst conditions will likely occur Monday morning into Tuesday morning and may impact Monday morning and Monday evening commutes.

Precautions

A winter storm warning for heavy snow means 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.

Prepare and take caution

Utah law requires vehicles to have either steel link or cable chains or snow tires when driving roads in winter conditions October through March. Utah Department of Transportation’s infographic with particulars follows below.

Now is a good time to stock vehicles with a number of items that can make the difference between death and survival in the event of getting stuck in the snow. See St. George News checklist, previously published, here: Stocking your vehicle for winter; what to do in case of emergency, checklist.

Read more: What to do if you’re stuck in snow, safety kit list

Download this printable PDF: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather – this is a project the whole family could participate in – make it a scavenger hunt with potentially lifesaving benefits.

snow tire - chain - requirements - UDOT infographic

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1 Comment

  • .... November 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Be careful out there people keep them cell phones tucked away and watch that road and stay up with the weather reports. this is a serious storm coming. Slow down and get home alive

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