SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – It wasn’t a white Christmas in Utah, but a flurry of snow arrived early Sunday morning for part of the state. The state battled a multitude of weather impacts as a robust cold front approached and swept through northern Utah early Sunday morning. This front has triggered a “snow squall warning” for a few counties. A snow squall is an intense, short-lived gust of heavy snowfall that results in a rapid reduction in visibility and is often accompanied by gusts of wind. Sudden whiteout conditions and slippery or muddy roads can easily lead to many accidents.
Wind gusts were noticeable overnight, particularly in the western part of the state as well as in Tooele and Salt Lake counties, as a wind advisory went into effect at 2 a.m. Winds were sustained between 25 and 35 miles per hour with gusts of up to 55 miles per hour. Some places saw gusts higher than those with a gust of 62 mph recorded at the Evanston, Wyoming airport at squall time. We still expect blustery northwesterly winds throughout the day with the wind advisory being maintained for some areas until 7pm.
As a result of this weather system, colder air begins to set in for us and much cooler temperatures for our region. Most will be sitting in the 1930s and 1940s with mostly cloudy skies. As evening and night approach, we remain calmer but start to see even colder air coming in with our next meteorologist and this storm seems quite cold. Another round of statewide snowfall is possible Monday evening. We have implemented an active model at the end of the year, with a possible risk of snow several days next week.
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