Utahns across the state are preparing for more snow in the next couple of days, even though in some parts the forecasted storm didn’t pack the punch many thought it would. The National Weather Service says don’t think it’s over — it’s just moving slowly.
Utahns woke up to snow Thanksgiving morning, but how much varied across the Wasatch Front. The west and northwest areas were hit hardest Wednesday night, according to National Weather Service reports.
As another storm front moves in, Northern Utah valleys are predicted to receive 3 to 6 more inches, with possibly more on the benches. It will impact travel through Saturday, according to the weather service. Snow will start again Thursday night and into Friday morning. A “deep stream of moisture” is coming from the southwest, the NWS weather report says.
Snow will be heavy at times across Utah through Saturday. A winter storm warning is in effect for about 75% of the state. The weather service also reports high avalanche danger in the backcountry until 6 a.m. Friday, especially in the central and southern Wasatch Range, including the western Uinta mountains.
Through 11 a.m. Saturday, the NWS forecast calls for 5 more inches of snow in the Ogden and Salt Lake City areas, 6 inches in Logan, 3 inches in Provo, 8 inches in Cedar City and 15 inches in Park City.
On the northern Wasatch Front, Plain City and Pleasant View reported 12 inches Tuesday night and Wednesday. West Haven received 11 inches, according to the weather service. On the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, Grantsville got 18.7 inches, Stansbury Park recorded 13 inches and Magna recorded 11 inches.
The mountains were where the snow was deepest when Utahns woke up Thanksgiving day. Alta Ski Resort reported 37 inches of snow from this storm so far, with 16 inches of that falling since 4 p.m. Wednesday, the resort reports. And Snowbird received 24 inches in the past 24 hours. In Big Cottonwood Canyon, Solitude and Brighton report receiving 15 inches and 19 inches respectively in the last 24 hours. In the past 24 hours, Powder Mountain recorded an amount of 22 inches, and Snowbasin 23 inches. More storm totals are here.
The storm also knocked out power in parts of the state, with Rocky Mountain Power reporting a “large-scale outage” that affected 3,400 customers in Ogden and 2,000 in Bear River City, Brigham City, Corinne, Tremonton City and Elwood.
Driving conditions will at times be treacherous, particularly in the northern part of the state, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.