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Series of storms to bring mountain snow, valley rain to Utah over next several days

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Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 12:14:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A series of three winter storms will bring snow and rain to Utah beginning Thursday night.

According to the National Weather Service, the first storm will bring mountain snow Thursday night through Friday evening, and the heaviest snowfall will occur Utah's northern mountains.

"Confidence is high that snow will be measured in feet in the mountains, while beneficial moisture, whether its rain, snow, or both, will occur in the valleys," a tweet from the NWS Salt Lake City office says.

NWS has issued winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings in Beaver, Box Elder, Carbon, Duchesne, Emery and Juab counties.

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"A fast moving storm system will impact Utah Thursday evening through Friday afternoon. Mtn snow showers in northern Utah will increase from N to S Thursday afternoon/evening, with mtn snow eventually becoming moderate (possibly heavy) at times during the second half of Thursday night through Friday morning," a forecast overview from the Utah Department of Transportation says. "Northern mtn snow/road snow will then quickly decrease and snow becomes showery Friday afternoon. Central and southern mtns routes will see snow showers developing around/shortly after midnight Thursday night and will continue through Friday morning before quickly decreasing/breaking up, and ending Friday afternoon."

The second storm will bring valley rain, then snow late Saturday into Sunday, and the heaviest snowfall is expected in the mountain areas of central and southern Utah, according to the NWS Salt Lake City office.

A third storm will move into the state on Monday into Tuesday, with heavy mountain snow and snow or rain in the valleys.

Each storm will cause hazardous road conditions in the mountains and possibly in the valleys, NWS Salt Lake City and UDOT report. Drivers are urged to give themselves extra travel time, increase their following distance and decrease speeds. Drivers who plan to travel on Utah's mountain and canyon roads should be prepared to use tire chains.

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According to UDOT, the following roadways will experience winter weather-related travel concerns:

- I-15, north of Tremonton in far northern Utah; over the higher ridges in central/southern Utah above 6000-6500 feet (including near the I-70 Jct)
- I-80, East of Salt Lake City to Wyoming
- I-84, Entire route
- I-70, Clear Creek Summit (just east of I-15) and Salina Summit (east of Salina)
- US-191, North of Vernal to UT/WY border and in southeast Utah near Monticello
- US-40, I-80 Jct. through Heber over Daniels Summit to Strawberry Reservoir
- US-89, Over Logan Summit, through Sardine Canyon, along the bench to Bountiful; US-6 Jct. to Mt Pleasant
- US-6, I-15 Jct. over Soldier Summit to Helper
- SR-190 Big Cottonwood Canyon
- SR-210 Little Cottonwood Canyon

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