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Much-needed snow reaches northern Utah Friday

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Posted at 5:49 AM, Feb 05, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Another winter storm made its way across northern Utah Friday, bringing one to two inches of snow to the northern valleys and up to 12 inches of snow to mountain areas.

Friday Afternoon Forecast

The National Weather Service reported snowfall started to develop in the Cache Valley area by 3:45 a.m. and the storm spread south across the rest of northern Utah by midday.

NWS issued winter weather advisories for Box Elder, Emery, Duchesne and Juab counties. Click here to check for alerts in your area.

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The Utah Department of Transportation is warning drivers of snow on mountain roads and slush on valley roads.

"Snow showers will increase from north to south during the second half of Friday night for the Wasatch Mountains, with snow making it down to the northern Wasatch Front valleys around sunrise Friday. Snow/snow showers and areas of mountain blowing snow will then continue in these locations through Friday evening," a forecast overview from UDOT says. "A surface cold front will also push through northern Utah on Friday, reaching the Salt Lake Valley by early/mid-afternoon. This front will allow for snow/snow showers to fill into the Salt Lake Valley by early/mid-afternoon with snow continuing through Friday evening there."

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According to UDOT, the storm is expected to bring road snow and blowing snow to mountain routes through Friday night.

"Salt Lake Valley routes will mostly run wet Friday afternoon/evening, but spotty road slush will be possible under heavier bursts of snow; bench routes are expected see periods of road snow/slush Friday afternoon/evening," UDOT's Road Weather Alert for Friday says. "Utah valley is expected to see some light snow at times later Friday afternoon through Friday evening, but roads are expected to remain wet."

Drivers are urged to use caution, leave themselves extra time to reach their destinations and increase following distance. Those traveling in mountain routes and through canyons should be prepared to obey Utah's Traction Law, which requires the use of four-wheel drive, snow tires, tire chains or other traction devices.