The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and a winter storm warning.
Winter weather advisories are in effect for much of Utah Wednesday and Thursday, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the southern mountains.
The winter weather advisory extends until 6 a.m. Thursday. After highs in the mid-40s Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City, the temperature will drop to around 32 by noon as a cold front moves in. After Wednesday morning’s rain, there’s a 100% chance of snow, which can be heavy at times – up to 4-8 inches is possible in some areas.
And there will be even more snow in the mountains – 6 to 12 inches in the Wasatch Mountains north of Interstate 80 and 8 to 14 inches in the Wasatch Mountains south of I-80, with even higher totals In certain regions.
The National Weather Service warns that wintry driving conditions are expected, especially through mountain passes. And access to the hinterland will become “treacherous” for hikers and hunters.
In Salt Lake City, there’s an 80% chance of more snow – 1 to 3 inches – Wednesday evening, with temperatures dropping to around 31. And there’s a 40% chance of even more snow Thursday, with another half inch possible. The expected maximum is only 34.
Also expect highs in the mid-30s on Friday, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s on Saturday and Sunday, with a slight chance of rain and snow.
Heavy snowfall is expected in Brian Head, Bryce Canyon National Park and surrounding areas, with total accumulations of 10 to 16 inches and more in some areas. Traveling through the Interstate’s upper passes could be “very difficult” Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.
The winter storm warning will be in effect from Wednesday noon to Thursday midnight. In Cedar City, there’s a 90 percent chance of snow Wednesday and Thursday — an inch or two is possible Wednesday, and the area could see 4 to 8 inches Thursday. Temperatures will drop from the mid 40s Wednesday morning to the mid 30s later Wednesday and Thursday.
Rain is expected in southwestern Utah –– there’s a 70% chance in St. George Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will drop from 60 on Wednesday to 50. Skies will clear and temperatures will rebound to 54 on Friday, 61 on Saturday and 65 on Saturday.