Major winter storm sets sights on Utah this weekend

Travel will be impacted nearly statewide late Friday through Saturday as a storm heads into the region bringing snowfall to much of the state. 

WATCH:  Meteorologist Devon Lucie answers your questions about the storm Friday morning on Facebook. 

A dominant ridge of high pressure that pushed the jet stream farther north and led to extended inversion events for Northern Utah will finally break down this weekend allowing for temperatures to be closer to or below normal along with more storms.  

A strong and potent cold front with plenty of moisture will arrive on Friday bringing gusty winds and accumulating snowfall for most of Utah.


After an unseasonably warm start to winter with meager snowfall for Utah's valleys along with a dismal snow pack for our mountains, a major shift in the weather pattern looks to have prolonged effects on both the temperature and precipitation numbers.

Heading into this shift to our weather pattern, mild to warm temperatures will continue through Thursday but an increase in Southerly winds could boost daytime high temperatures to near record warmth ahead of the front on Friday. 

TIMING

Eastern Nevada will begin with a few showers before transitioning to snow early Friday morning. The cold front will progress through the state from northwest to southeast throughout the day. Most northern valleys will begin as rain until the frontal passage Friday afternoon in Cache County and Friday evening for the Wasatch Front when any valley rain will quickly changeover to snow leading to heavy, accumulating snow for all valley locations. This will 

EXPECTED SNOW TOTALS

The accompanying cold front is forecasted to slow down a bit while progressing through the state which would tend to increase snow amounts in areas along the front. Most valley locations are forecasted to receive 2-5", benches and mountain valleys could receive 5-8" with mountain locations receiving anywhere between 10-24" with locally higher amounts possible.

HAZARDS

As the cold front progresses Southeast through Utah, the I-15 corridor will see severe travel impacts with snow covered roads and heavy, blowing snow at times making for treacherous travel Friday night through much of Saturday where snow will linger throughout the region.

Stay informed with the latest winter storm information at good4utah.com/weather


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