Winter storm warning issued for Southern Utah; plan on difficult travel conditions

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ST. GEORGE — The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for portions of Southern Utah and surrounding areas. This comes on top of a hazardous weather outlook issued Tuesday for the next seven days.

A cold front is expected to bring snow to portions of the forecast area as early as Wednesday, causing difficult travel conditions on the first days of Christmas break for many families in Southern Utah. More precipitation is possible through the holiday weekend per the hazardous weather outlook; however, the winter storm warning is in effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 4 p.m. Thursday.

Graphic shows UDOT travel weather highlights in effect from 2 p.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday, Utah | Graphic courtesy UDOT, St. George News | Click to enlarge

Affected areas

Local areas expected to be impacted by this warning include west-central Utah, southwest Utah, central mountains and the southern mountains. Cities impacted include Delta, Fillmore, Beaver, Cedar City, Milford, Cove Fort, Koosharem, Fish Lake, Loa, Panguitch and Bryce Canyon

Winter storm warning

Heavy snow is expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Tree branches could fall as well. Total snow accumulations expected to be in the 4-8 inch range, with locally greater amounts.

Be prepared for road snow and significant reductions in visibility at times, including travel along Interstate 70 and Interstate 15, especially Fillmore to Cedar City. Significant travel impacts are expected. Strong southwest winds will build Thursday during the morning, switching to the north and remaining gusty into Thursday afternoon.

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.

snow tire - chains - requirements - UDOT infographic

Spotter information statement

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


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  • Gail December 21, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Your items listed if stranded didn’t include water.
    Another suggestion, hand & or toe warmers.
    More food.
    My husband & I were stranded 2 days a few years back and thankfully we had a lot more food suggested in your list.
    Also take in consideration the more people the more food.
    Pet food also.

  • Gail December 21, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Sorry saw water close to the bottom of the list.
    Again make sure there is plenty for awhile & per persons.
    Thank you

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