UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a “Special Weather Statement” forecasting an incoming cold front and accumulating snow beginning Tuesday.
According to the statement, a significant change in the weather pattern next week will lead to much colder temperatures and the potential for accumulating snowfall across most of Utah. The initial cold front is expected to reach northern Utah early Tuesday. The front will then continue south through the remainder of Utah Tuesday into Tuesday night.
This front has the potential to bring accumulating snowfall to the valley floor in northern Utah Tuesday into Wednesday. Snow will turn more showery on Thursday and affect mainly the mountains.
The coldest air of the season thus far is expected to spill into the regioin behind this front with high temperatures across most valley locations remaining near or below freezing beginning Wednesday and continuing through the remainder of the week.
“Confidence in this pattern change is high,” the NWS statement said, “however there is some uncertainty regarding the timing of the initial cold front.”
The statement further said that confidence is low regarding how much snowfall accumulation can be expected, particularly in the valleys.
Affected areas – Cache Valley/Utah Portion, Northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, Southern Wasatch Front, Great Salt Lake desert and mountains, Wasatch Mountain valleys, Wasatch Mountains, Interstate 80 north, Wasatch Mountains South of I-80, western Uinta Mountains, Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs, western Uinta Basin, Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, Sanpete/Sevier valleys, west-central Utah, southwest Utah, Utah’ss Dixie and Zion National Park, south-central Utah, Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell, central mountains, southern mountains, and southwest Wyoming.
Winter weather means precautionary and preparedness action is advisable. Please visit St. George News “What to do if you’re stuck in the snow” included in an earlier advisory for suggestions of how to stock your vehicle with supplies for emergency and safety precautions suited to snow and winter weather.
Printable / savable pdf: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather
For winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation:
- Visit UDOT’s Road Weather Alerts
- Visit UDOT’s Current Road Conditions
- Obtain UDOT’s smartphone travel app.
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