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'Prolonged' winter storm to bring significant mountain snow, light-moderate snow in valleys

Avalanche danger high throughout Utah's mountains
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Posted at 5:57 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 09:50:50-05

The National Weather Service has issued more than a dozen advisories and warnings across Utah as another winter storm moves through the state.

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According to the NWS Salt Lake City office, the "prolonged" storm will bring periods of light to moderate snow to the valleys and significant accumulations of snow in the mountains.

A winter weather advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. in the northern Wasatch Front and desert areas north of Ogden. According to the advisory, I-84 and SR-30 will experience winter weather conditions including snow-covered roads and reduced visibility. Snow totals of two to five inches are expected in this area

Winter weather advisories are also in effect for the Wasatch Mountains and valleys, the western Uinta Mountains, the Book Cliffs mountain range, and Utah's central and southern mountains through 5 a.m. Wednesday.

NWS Salt Lake City has forecast snow totals of six to 12 inches in the Wasatch Mountain valleys. According to the winter weather advisory for the Wasatch Mountains, western Uinta Mountains and the Book Cliffs mountains, the storm will leave accumulations of 14 to 24 inches. The winter weather advisory for Utah's central and southern mountains predicts accumulations of 12-24 inches.

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A road weather alert from the Utah Department of Transportation says all mountain routes north of I-70 will see periods of road snow and potentially hazardous travel conditions throughout the day Monday.

"Road snow concerns will stay primarily north of Layton and on bench routes Spanish Fork northward. Under heavier snow showers, brief slush ups are possible along the urban corridor, but roads will remain mostly wet through 6 PM. Summits along I-15 in Central Utah will begin to see periods of road slush in the afternoon continuing into the evening," UDOT's alert says.

According to UDOT, drivers should be aware of winter weather conditions on the following routes:

- I-15, ID border to Layton; Scipio Summit; Cove Fort (I-70 Jct.)
- I-80, Mouth of Parleys Canyon over Parleys Summit to WY border
- I-84, Entire route
- I-70, I-15 Jct. over Clear Creek Summit; over Salina Summit
- US-191, WY border over Uinta Pass
- US-40, I-80 Jct. over Daniels Summit to Strawberry
- US-89, ID border over Logan Summit through Sardine Canyon to Bountiful; US-6 Jct. to Fairview
- US-6, Near Eureka; Mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon over Soldiers Summit to Colton
- SR-31, Entire route
- SR-24, over Wayne Summit
- SR-153, Entire route
- US-189 Provo Canyon
- SR-190 Big Cottonwood Canyon
- SR-210 Little Cottonwood Canyon

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Drivers are urged to slow down, increase following distance, leave themselves extra time to reach their destinations and be prepared to follow Utah's traction requirements where applicable.

Avalanche warnings are in effect for Beaver, Box Elder, Carbone, Duchesne, Emery, Juab and San Juan counties. The Utah Avalanche Center lists high avalanche danger in all of the mountain areas it tracks.

"Avalanche Warning for all the mountains in the state of Utah. HIGH avalanche danger expected for several days. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist. Help us spread the word," a tweet from UAC says.

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