Winter weather advisory issued for northern Utah

There could be 6-12 inches of snow at higher elevations.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Vibrant yellows are showcased by the evergreen canopy along Little Water Trail at the top of Millcreek Canyon on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Monday that will be in effect until noon on Tuesday, with significant snow totals expected at higher elevations.

The Wasatch Mountains both north and south of I-80, the western Uinta Mountains and the cities of Alta, Brighton and Mantua could see accumulations of 6-12 inches of snow, with more in some areas.

In Salt Lake City on Monday evening, there is a 90% chance of snow, with 1-3 inches of accumulation possible, according to the weather service.

Snow-covered roads and limited visibility are expected on mountain routes, including the Mirror Lake highway and Monte Cristo summit, through Tuesday morning. The snow level may drop low enough to cause “occasional” winter driving conditions at Parleys, Sardine and Logan summits, according to the National Weather Service, especially overnight.

As the storm blew in Monday, winds kicked up around the state. Some locations saw winds of up to 61 mph, including Interstate 80 at Grassey, the Dugway Proving Ground, and State Route 72 at Hogan Pass in central Utah, according to the weather service. The highest wind speed was 65 mph, recorded Monday on Fremont Island in the Great Salt Lake.

Early Tuesday, there is a 90% chance of rain mixed with snow in Salt Lake City, with less than a half-inch of snow accumulation possible. There also is a 20% chance of rain on Tuesday afternoon. The forecast high is 53.

Partly sunny skies will return to Salt Lake City on Wednesday with a forecast high of 60. After that, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s are then expected through Saturday.

Sunny skies are forecast in St. George throughout the week, with temperatures rising from the upper 60s to the 70s.

— Tribune reporter Kolbie Peterson contributed to this story.

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