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Monday, December 07, 2009

Big Snowstorm Hits Utah

Snow is falling as I write this. There is 6 inches of new snow on my front lawn, and that could grow to more than a foot by tomorrow evening. Northern Utah mountains are expected to pick up 1-2 feet. Southern mountains may get 2-4 feet of new snow.

This is a big storm. Skiers are loving it. Resorts will have plenty of powder this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for much of central and southern Utah. The text of the warning is given below.

Crews are out plowing and putting salt and cinders on roads. Major roads are open and drivable at this point, but there could be problems in some areas. I-15, I-70 and I-80 will probably be kept open during the storm but there may be periods when travel is difficult or impossible in areas. High passes will be treacherous. Travelers need to check local road conditions and current weather forecast.

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST
TUESDAY...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL
NOON MST TUESDAY.

THIS WINTER STORM WARNING IS FOR THE SANPETE AND SEVIER
VALLEYS...WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST UTAH.

BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON 6 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED...WITH
LOCAL TOTALS UP TO 15 INCHES ALONG THE I-15 CORRIDOR.

SNOW WILL DEVELOP EARLY THIS MORNING AS A STORM SYSTEM ORGANIZES
OVER CALIFORNIA. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL CAN BE EXPECTED THIS
AFTERNOON...WITH A SECOND BURST OF HEAVY SNOWFALL LATE
TONIGHT...BEFORE TAPERING OFF TUESDAY MORNING.

IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOWFALL...SOUTHWESTERLY WIND GUSTS OF
30 TO 40 MPH ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON...WHICH MAY CONTRIBUTE
TO REDUCED VISIBILITIES. TRAVEL ON INTERSTATE 15 ACROSS SOUTHWEST
UTAH MAY BECOME DIFFICULT AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW
ARE EXPECTED. DRIVING CONDITIONS MAY BE HAZARDOUS. USE CAUTION.
KEEP A WINTER STORM SURVIVAL KIT IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN
EMERGENCY.

FOR WINTER ROAD CONDITIONS FROM THE UTAH DEPARTMENT OF
TRANSPORTATION VISIT...HTTP://WWW.COMMUTERLINK.UTAH.GOV OR DIAL
511.

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