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Friday, December 12, 2008

Winter Storm Warning For Much of Utah

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for NW Utah valleys and all northern Utah mountain areas. That includes the heavily populated Wasatch Front area.

The warning period extends from 3 am Saturday to 5 pm Sunday. The text of the warning is given below.

Check local forecasts before traveling. Also check road conditions.

...Winter storm warning in effect from 3 am Saturday to 5 pm MST Sunday...

The national weather service in Salt Lake City has issued a winter storm warning for snow and blowing snow...which is in effect from 3 am Saturday to 5 pm MST Sunday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

This warning is in effect for the valleys of northwest Utah including the Wasatch Front and all the northern mountains.

Total snowfall accumulations 3 to 6 inches are expected in the valleys with up to 8 inches on the bench areas and higher valleys. Total snowfall accumulations of 12 to 18 inches are expected in the mountains by late Sunday afternoon.

In addition to the heavy snow... Gusty winds are anticipated with this system that will result in areas of blowing snow and local near blizzard conditions. Temperatures will be cold enough that the snow is expected to stick to area roads creating hazardous travel conditions.

Snow will begin early Saturday morning near the Utah Idaho border and spread south into the Salt Lake City area by mid morning. The snow reaches Utah County by mid day Saturday.

A winter storm warning means a mixture of heavy snow and strong winds are expected or occurring. Travel difficulties can be expected as roads will be slick. Slow down and use caution while driving. For winter road conditions from the Utah Department of Transportation visit... udot.utah.gov or dial 511

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