Utah forecast: Windy, wintry weather is on the way
Weather • Mountains could get up to 2 feet; valleys up to 8 inches.
Published: February 19, 2013 11:20AM
Updated: February 21, 2013 04:05PM

A wind-whipped winter weather system moved into northern and central Utah Tuesday ahead of a series of snowstorms expected to remain through the remainder of the week.

The National Weather Service issued a variety of advisories set to kick in late Tuesday night and extend into late Thursday morning. Snowfall, heavy in places, along with winds of 15-25 mph ,were predicted.

A Winter Storm Warning was in place for central Utah running south from Manti to Richfield, Milford, Cedar City and Bruce Canyon to just north of St. George. New snowfall of 1-2 feet in the mountains and 4-8 inches in the valleys were expected.

A Winter Storm Watch was issued for the Wasatch Front south of Interstate 80, from Park City south through Provo and Nephi to just north of Price, as well as southeastern Utah’s Monticello area. Forecasters predicted 1-2 feet of mountain snow and 3-8 inches in the lower elevations.

A Winter Weather Advisory covered Zion National Park and environs where 1-3 inches of snow was expected.

The Utah Division of Air Quality rated Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Utah, Duchesne and Uintah counties at “Green,” or healthy for breathability through the mid-week. Cache County was given a “Yellow,” or compromised air quality grade.

Tuesday’s highs in northern Utah were pegged in the low-40s with rain and snow expected in the evening. More snow showers were on the menu throughout Wednesday.

Southern Utahns looked for highs in the mid- to upper-50s under partly cloudy skies with winds of 15-25 mph with rain showers likely off and on through Wednesday.

Avalanche danger was rated at “moderate” for all mountain locations, the Utah Avalanche Center said.

Salt Lake City’s high of 42 was to be followed Wednesday by a daytime reading of 34 degrees; Ogden looked for 39 and 33 degrees, respectively; Provo 42 and 38; Logan 30s; Wendover 36 and 34; Duchesne 33 and 32; Cedar City 49 and 36; St. George 61 and 49; and Moab 51 and 43 degrees.

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Areas of road snow across Utah on Wednesday:

— Periods of road snow/slush under snow showers will impact valley routes along the Wasatch Front through Wednesday evening

— Valley routes will mostly run wet during the daylight hours Wednesday with periods of road slush under any heavier snow showers

— Periods of road snow will impact I-15 between Black Ridge and Spanish Fork through Wednesday

— The ridges near the I-70 Junction will see the most road snow

— Periods of heavy road snow through Wednesday will impact southern mountain routes like SR-14 (east of Cedar City), SR-143 (east of Parowan), SR-20 (between I-15 and US-89), SR-153 (east of Beaver), and SR-12 over Boulder Summit (between Torrey and Boulder)

— I-70 over Clear Creek Summit (near the I-15 Junction) and over Ivie Creek Summit (between Salina and Fremont Junction) will see periods of road snow under snow showers through Wednesday

— I-70 between Fremont Junction and Green River will see periods of road snow under snow showers Wednesday morning through Wednesday evening

— I-70 near Fremont Junction will see periods of blowing snow after Wednesday evening

— Areas of road snow under snow showers will impact SR-10 (south Price) Wednesday morning through Wednesday night

— SR-10 will see periods of blowing snow after Wednesday evening

— Stormy weather will continue through the weekend

— Source: Utah Department of Transportation