Winter storm warning in Utah; here’s where you want to be careful

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 — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow and strong winds in central and northern Utah. This warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Saturday.

This map shows the extent of the winter weather advisory in effect from Thursday through Saturday. Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News
This map shows the extent of the winter weather advisory in effect from Thursday through Saturday. Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 14, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

Affected areas

The Wasatch mountains, I-80, the northwestern Uintah mountains, the Wasatch plateau, Book Cliffs and the Central mountains. Cities affected include Woodruff, Randolph, Mirror Lake, Scofield, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon.

Southern Utah

Southern Utah will miss the precipitation, which is not expected to come too much farther south than Bryce Canyon and Panguitch.

Central and Northern Utah

Snow will begin late Thursday afternoon, becoming heavy at times through Friday. Snow accumulations of 12 to 24 inches are possible above 8,000 feet through Friday, then lowering Friday afternoon and evening.

Winds will be gusting west to southwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts in excess of 60 mph at times through Friday morning.

Road conditions

Winter driving conditions can be expected across all mountain routes above 8,000 feet, including the Wolf Creek pass, the Wasatch plateau and state Routes 14 and 143. For more specific information on roads and highways see UDOT’s road weather alert webpage.

Precautions

Snow accumulation may cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and use caution while driving.

Resources

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1 Comment

  • .... December 15, 2016 at 9:06 am

    This is absolutely a fantastic article and I would like to thank all those involved in making this possible so the fine citizens of the Great state of Utah know where and when to travel to

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