Dreaming of a white Christmas? National Weather Service forecasts, snow, rain, wind

SOUTHERN UTAH — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for the western two-thirds of Utah and southwest Wyoming in effect Saturday through Friday.

Affected areas

Southwest Utah, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, central and southern mountains, Cache Valley-Utah portion, northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys, southern Wasatch Front, Great Salt Lake desert and mountains, Wasatch mountain valleys, Interstate 80, western Uinta Mountains, Wasatch Plateau-Book Cliffs, western Uinta Basin-Castle Country, San Rafael Swell, Sanpete-Sevier Valleys, and west-central Utah.

Timing

Beginning Saturday

A moist westerly flow will keep a threat of light valley rain and mountain snow across the northwest outlook area Saturday. Moisture will increase Saturday evening with valley rain and mountain snow becoming more widespread across the north overnight. Significant snowfall is expected across the mountains above about 7,000 feet. Strong winds will also develop across the northern mountains and will create areas of blowing and drifting snow.

Sunday through Friday

Valley rain and high elevation mountain snow will continue across the northern outlook area Sunday through Sunday evening. Heavy snow and strong winds will create hazardous travel conditions at higher elevations. Rain is expected below about 7,500 to 8,000 feet resulting in a reduced impact across the summits of most of the major routes through the northern mountains.

Snow levels will fall back down to around 5,000 feet Monday but precipitation will turn showery and taper off during the day. There will be a chance of snow again across portions of the outlook area Wednesday night and Christmas day.

Spotter information statement

Weather spotters are encouraged to report significant weather conditions according to standard operating procedures.

For more information visit the National Weather Service website or for information regarding potential road travel impacts visit the Utah Department of Transportation website.

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