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Freezing rain, snow expected to fall on northern Utah roads Thursday

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Dec 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-18 20:25:30-05

WASATCH FRONT, Utah – A winter storm warning was issued for portions of northern Utah, and the warning begins at midnight and continues through Thursday evening.

FOX 13 News' Gene Kennedy spoke with Utah Department of Transportation officials about the weather, and they said the nature of the storm may make it difficult to prepare ahead of time. See the video above for his live report.

The National Weather Service issued the warning for the northern Wasatch Front, Salt Lake and Tooele valleys, and the weather is expected to develop overnight Wednesday and last through Thursday—with the warning expiring at 8 p.m.

The winter storm warning predicts snow and freezing rain, and it is expected to create hazardous travel conditions during morning commutes. The precipitation is expected to begin with freezing rain and then turn into snow as the day continues. Accumulations of between two and five inches are expected, though smaller areas will see higher totals

According to the NWS’s warning: “a winter storm warning means a mixture of snow...and freezing rain are expected or occurring. Driving conditions may be hazardous. Use caution. Be prepared for sudden restrictions in visibility due to blowing snow. Keep a winter storm survival kit in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”

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