The penultimate day of March looks a lot more lion than lamb.
A storm arrives Sunday and will last most of the day as it dumps accumulating snow across much of the state. Six to 12 inches are coming to the northern and central mountains, with one to three inches in the valleys, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. One to four inches are on tap for the southern mountains and the Interstate 15 corridor south of Fillmore. Western Utah can expect a trace to an inch of snow.
Snow in the backcountry can spell danger, too: the Utah Avalanche Center predicts a considerable risk for slides in the Logan-area mountains on Sunday. The center also forecasts a moderate risk in the Salt Lake, Ogden, Provo, Uintas and Skyline-area mountains.
Strong winds, with gusts up to 50 mph, are expected to accompany the storm as well, mainly in southern, central and eastern Utah. The same areas could see strong crosswinds and blowing dust on roadways, including Interstate 70 and other east-to-west oriented routes, the weather service reports.
Commuters should expect winter-driving conditions, particularly on routes above 6500 feet, according to the weather service.
Meteorologists forecast highs close to 50 degrees on Sunday for the Wasatch Front, and lows in the lower to mid 30s. Southern Utahns around St. George can expect high temperatures in the mid 60s and lows close to 40, according to the weather service.
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