Changing skies; National Weather Service forecasts rain, snow

SOUTHERN UTAH — After several days of warmer weather and sunshine, 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 January 16.

Affected area

Southwest Utah, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park, Lake Powell, 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

Saturday morning and into the evening, areas of fog will persist through the Cache Valley, in the higher mountain valleys of the north and across portions of extreme southwest Wyoming. Areas of dense fog will exist in the Cache and Bear Lake valleys and in the Evanston, Wyoming area. Patchy dense fog will also exist near the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake A dense fog remains in effect through late Saturday morning for widespread dense fog in the Cache Valley.

A weak weather disturbance moving into and through the Great Basin will bring rain and snow to southwest and central Utah. Precipitation will move into portions of northern Utah this afternoon and through the overnight hours. precipitation will fall mainly as rain in the valleys and snow at the higher elevations. Snow accumulations are expected to remain light with this storm.

Sunday though Friday

A second system will generate mountain snow and valley rain and snow across mainly the southern and western portions of the outlook area starting Sunday night and continuing Monday night through early Tuesday. Accumulating snow is once again expected across the higher terrain with several inches possible.

Strong high pressure aloft will return to the region by Wednesday. Inversions will once again develop bringing another round of fog and urban haze for the latter half of the week.

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. For information regarding potential road travel impacts visit the Utah Department of Transportation website.

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4 Comments

  • Billy Madison January 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Brrrr, we need the water, but can’t wait for Spring when it warms up again. There will be no dancing in the street for a while longer.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 10, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      With no dancing in the streets that will give SGPD time to do something constructive

  • Think Snow! January 10, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Well, at least for the mountains! We desperately need it. But I really prefer to see it on the mountains, than to have to shovel it. Just call me lazy.

    • Evil Twins Mommy January 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      Your not lazy I ain’t shoveling it either

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