First snow set to impact the Wasatch Front

NORTHERN UTAH- (ABC4 Utah)- A potent late fall storm with some tropical characteristics will bring high winds, valley rain and heavy mountain snow to much of the state beginning Thursday.

Snow levels will initially start out above 8,000 ft. But will eventually fall to 6,000 ft. overnight. Most valley locations will see rain. A cold front providing much of the precipitation to the area will pass through northern Utah and the Wasatch Front Friday morning changing any rainfall to snow all the way to the valley floors, including Salt Lake City.


Winds will remain strong through the frontal passage statewide with sustained winds between 25 to 35 mph with gusts in excess of 45 mph at times. Winds will begin to decrease from north to south during the day on Friday. 

Temperatures will remain warm and above average through much of the event until Friday morning when temperatures will drop to allow for the transition from rain to snow. 

Snow totals

Most accumulations should remain light for the Wasatch Front valleys, but the Great Salt Lake should enhance the snow across portions of Davis County and eastern Salt Lake County. Final valley snow totals will range between a trace to 2 inches. Benches are likely to receive 2 to 5 inches with mountain valleys in the 4 to 8 inch range. Northern mountains should receive 6 to 12 inches with locally higher amounts in the Cottonwoods and western Uintas.

Any remaining snow will come to an end Friday evening, but a cold airmass will settle in with daytime high temperatures in the low to mid 40’s and overnight low temperatures in the low to mid 20’s Saturday  and Sunday morning.

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