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Winter storm headed for northern Utah

A weather advisory is in place through Saturday evening.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jennifer Gueldner enjoys the snow as she ski's along 8th Avenue, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. More snow is supposed to fall in northern Utah on Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has put a winter storm advisory in place because of cold temperatures and snow showers expected late Friday and Saturday in northern Utah.

The most serious warning is in place for areas close to the Idaho border like Snowville and Howell. White-out conditions there could mean life-threatening danger to drivers on Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. A snow squall warning is in place there until 6:15 p.m. Friday.

A snow squall warning was in place for northwestern areas including Lynn and Grouse Creek earlier in the evening. A snow squall is short, intense snowfall with gusts of wind and poor visibility, according to the Weather Service.

The coming storm might also create hazardous travel in mountain passes and higher elevation routes such as the Cottonwood Canyons and Logan Canyon.

A map from the Utah Department of Traffic shows that heavy snow might fall on roads in Summit, Morgan, Weber and Cache counties on Friday night and Saturday morning. Surrounding areas could see lighter road snow. The department advised people to use caution while driving.

SR210, the road that goes through Big Cottonwood Canyon, will close to uphill traffic at 12:30 a.m. and to downhill traffic at 1 a.m. Saturday for avalanche mitigation. The road is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m.

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