ST. GEORGE — A winter storm warning is in effect from 11 p.m. Saturday evening to 5 a.m. Tuesday morning along mountain ranges throughout Utah.
The Wasatch mountains, the western Uinta mountains, the Book Cliffs and Wasatch plateau and the central and southern mountains of Utah.
Total accumulation of 18 to 30 inches; more expected in isolated areas.
Snow will develop Saturday evening and continue through the night. A period of moderate to heavy snow can be expected Saturday night through Sunday morning. Snow may decrease in intensity for a period later Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. Moderate to heavy snow will once again develop Sunday evening into early Monday morning with another round of moderate to heavy snow expected Monday afternoon into early Tuesday morning.
West to northwest winds with gusts up to 50 mph are expected Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning.
Winter driving conditions can be expected across mountain passes and roadways through the period. The worst conditions will likely occur Monday morning into Tuesday morning and may impact Monday morning and Monday evening commutes.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means significant accumulations of snow are expected or occurring. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Use caution. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Prepare and take caution
Utah law requires vehicles to have either steel link or cable chains or snow tires when driving roads in winter conditions October through March. Utah Department of Transportation’s infographic with particulars follows below.
Now is a good time to stock vehicles with a number of items that can make the difference between death and survival in the event of getting stuck in the snow. See St. George News checklist, previously published, here: Stocking your vehicle for winter; what to do in case of emergency, checklist.
Download this printable PDF: Vehicle Preparation and Safety Precautions for Winter Weather – this is a project the whole family could participate in – make it a scavenger hunt with potentially lifesaving benefits.