Storms take a breather in northern Utah
Monday and Tuesday's unsettled weather looks sure to stick around for the next week.
"We're finally getting going [with winter] after a long delay," said Monica Traphagan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Salt Lake City office.
Hearty snowfall over the past couple of days led to traffic snags across northern Utah. Salt Lake City police responded to more than 20 accidents between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., and Utah Highway Patrol troopers said they were dealing with accidents "all over the place." Chains were required in the morning on semitrailers traveling in Washington County and Parleys Canyon, as well as for vehicles heading up the Cottonwood canyons in Salt Lake County.
The next couple of days will be partly cloudy before another winter storm sweeps in on Friday. The chance of precipitation dips to around 20 percent along the Wasatch Front. Daytime temperatures will be close to freezing in northern Utah, while nighttime lows settle in the mid-teens.
Meanwhile, a mixture of rain and snow is expected in patches of southern Utah, from Moab to Blanding on the eastern side of the state and from Milford to St. George on the western side. The front, pushing northward from California, is expected to affect southern Utah weather for the next two days and bring below freezing temperatures.
In northern Utah, a front from Canada sweeps into Utah bringing snow on Friday and very cold temperatures. Daytime highs will be in the teens and, at night, expect single-digit temperatures over the weekend.
On Monday, more snow appears headed this way.
Steve Gehrke contributed to this article
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Source: National Weather Service