Update April 9, 2013, 1 p.m. – The National Weather Service has cancelled the winter storm warning for heavy snow and strong winds.
“Heavy snowfall has ended but periodic snow showers will continue through this afternoon with little to no additional accumulation,” according to the NWS notice. “This said gusty northerly winds will continue to maintain winter-like conditions into this evening.”
SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service’s “Winter Storm Watch” of yesterday is now a “Winter Storm Warning,” in effect today through 9 p.m. tomorrow.
This report reflects warnings for two affected areas, described below with precautionary and preparedness actions urged for both: A mixture of heavy snow and strong winds is occurring or expected. Driving conditions may be hazardous, particularly on Interstate 15 south of Nephi to Cedar City. Use caution. Be prepared for sudden restrictions in visibility due to blowing snow. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather
Affected area 1:
The western Uinta mountains, Wasatch plateau and Book Cliffs; and the central and southern Utah mountains, including the cities of Mirror Lake Highway, Scofield, Cove Fort, Koorsharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon.
• Snow accumulations: Storm totals of 12-24 inches with higher amounts possible
• Timing: Snow, heavy at times, will develop today through Tuesday before tapering off Tuesday night.
• Winds: North to northeast winds with gusts in excess of 60 mph along exposed ridgelines.
• Impacts: Heavy snow and strong winds will result in winter driving conditions and reduced visibilities along high- elevation roadways.
Affected area 2:
Sanpete/Sevier Valleys, West Central Utah-Southwest Utah, including the cities of Manti, Richfield, Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City and Milford.
Heavy snow and strong winds are expected from 6 a.m. in affected area 1, and from 6 p.m. in affected area 2, through 9 p.m. Tuesday.
• Snow accumulations: Storm totals 3-6 inches with higher amounts possible particularly along the Interstate 15 corridor.
• Timing: Rain showers will develop today then gradually turn to all snow and become widespread this evening; heavy snow at times will continue through Tuesday before tapering off.
• Snow levels: Between 6,500-7,000 feet this morning, lowering to the valley floor by this evening.
• Winds: North to northwest winds 30-40 mph with gusts to 60 mph.
• Impacts: Heavy snow and strong winds will result in winter driving conditions and reduced visibilities along area roadways, including I-15 from south of Nephi to Cedar City tonight and Tuesday.
For winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation:
Visit UDOT’s Road Weather Alerts.
Obtain UDOT’s smartphone travel app.
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