More snow on the way after Utah storm knocked out power, brought thunder

The highest wind gust was reported at the Great Salt Lake Marina, at 90 mph.

(Bethany Baker | The Salt Lake Tribune) People brave the weather during a snowstorm in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. A snowstorm over the weekend brought about 5 inches of snow to the Salt Lake City area.

A winter storm brought heavy snow to much of Utah on Saturday and into Sunday morning, and more snow is on the way, according to the forecast. High wind gusts also knocked out power to about 8,000 Salt Lake City area residents on Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service’s latest snow totals show that as of about 9 a.m. on Sunday, Alta and Brighton had received 13 inches of snow, Solitude had received 12 inches, Park City Mountain had received 10 inches, Snowbasin had received 9 inches, and Sundance had received 5 inches. The Salt Lake City International Airport received 4.9 inches.

Rare “thunder snow” was reported during the snowstorms, according to a National Weather Service forecaster, including in Logan, the Salt Lake Valley and Utah County.

The highest wind gust was reported at the Great Salt Lake Marina, at 90 mph, the forecaster said. A category 1 hurricane typically sees winds at 74-95 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Periods of snow will continue in the mountains and some northern and central Utah valleys into Monday, according to the weather service, mostly over higher terrain. The mountains are expected to get 4 to 8 more inches of snow into Monday, and that amount could be higher in the central mountains. Valleys north of Interstate 80 are expected to receive 1 to 4 more inches.

Winter driving conditions are expected in these areas, the weather service said.

This week, the Salt Lake City area is forecast to see a break in the snow Monday night, before snowy conditions return Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the weather service. High temperatures are forecast at 34 degrees on Monday, 44 degrees on Tuesday, and 40 degrees on Wednesday.

In the St. George area, there’s a slight chance of rain on Sunday, and then conditions should be sunny and dry until Thursday, which may be rainy, according to the weather service. Highs for the week will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s.