Winter weather advisory: Winds and snow, 3-day alert statewide

BULLETIN – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect for Thursday morning through Saturday morning.

Dotted area denotes winter weather advisory affected area. Radar image, southern Utah, Jan. 8, 2013, 7:30 p.m. | National Weather Service image

*  Affected area: All mountain areas of Utah: Wasatch mountains Interstate 80 north, Wasatch mountains south of I-80,western Uinta mountains, Wasatch plateau/Book Cliffs, central mountains, southern mountains, including the cities of Woodruff, Randolph, Alta, Brighton, Mirror Lake Highway, Scofield, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch, Bryce Canyon

*  Snow accumulations: Amounts of 10-18 inches are expected with locally greater amounts possible.

*  Timing: Snow will develop over the northern mountains around midday Thursday then gradually spread south Thursday afternoon and evening. Snow will continue at times through Friday then turn more showery. Snow showers could still produce accumulating snow Friday night into Saturday.

*  Winds: Strong south winds are expected Thursday ahead of the cold front and gusty north winds will continue behind the front through Friday. These winds will create areas of blowing and drifting snow.

*  Impacts: Falling and blowing snow will hinder travel through all mountain passes Thursday afternoon through midday Saturday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for a mixture of significant snow and strong winds.

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