Winter Storm Warning issued for Utah Friday into Saturday; snow accumulation to vary

Posted at 4:07 PM, Jan 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-20 00:21:40-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Winter storm warnings and advisories have been issued for portions of Utah Friday, and snow is expected to impact travel across most of Utah through Saturday.

Friday night the National Weather Service posted a map showing an update to the anticipated snow totals in various parts of northern Utah. The Utah Department of Transportation said they have 500 plows statewide, all of which will be working to keep roads clear during this storm.

As UDOT scrambled to prepare, other Utahns were picking up snow shovels, snow melt and other supplies.

As of 6 p.m., UPD Canyon alerts says chains or four-wheel drive is required for any vehicles in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons.

As of just before 7 p.m., chains or four-wheel drive is required for vehicles on US-89/91 in Sardine Canyon.

The NWS says as a cold front enters the state late Friday, valley rain will change to snow in many places and there will be "significant snow impacts" continuing through Saturday.

Salt Lake County south to Cedar City will see the largest impacts, the NWS states, with snow affecting major roads including I-15, I-70, I-80 and State Routes 6, 40 and 89.

UDOT said snow will affect the "vast majority of the state with the exception of some of the lower valleys in southern Utah."

They say travel north of Ogden will be affected starting around 4 or 5 p.m. Friday, while the cold front will reach Salt Lake County and Tooele by 5 or 6 p.m. The largest accumulations on roadways are expected Friday night and into Saturday morning. See the map below for details:

In Salt Lake County the National Weather Service says snow accumulations between 4-7 inches of snow are possible through Saturday, with mountainous areas receiving as many as 14 inches. Drivers are urged to prepare for slippery road conditions.

Summit County is expected to get between 2 and 6 inches with some areas getting up to 10 inches, and Weber County should see a similar amount.

In Davis and Box Elder counties, 2-4 inches are expected with some areas seeing up to 8 inches.

In Wasatch County, 8-12 inches is expected with localized amounts up to 24 inches.

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