A cold front hit the state late Monday afternoon and is expected to continue through early Tuesday morning. Snow in the valleys and mountains is expected. There will be minor accumulation for the valley floors with most of the snow falling through the evening commute.
Winter weather warnings and advisories are in place across much of the state. There are also snow squall warnings from Brigham City to the Salt Lake area and Tooele, which can create hazardous driving conditions.
Utah Highway Patrol reported 75 crashes just between the hours of 4 p.m. and about 8:30 p.m.
In Farmington, the Nissan Weather Beast shows it is bumper to bumper in both directions. If you must travel this evening, please pack a lot of patience. Roads are snow packed, slushy and icy. Dangerous conditions will continue for a couple of hours. @weathercaster @fox13 #utwx pic.twitter.com/jriJHAABiX— Dan Pope (@Dan_Pope_FOX13) December 28, 2021
A power outage occurred Monday evening, impacting thousands of homes in the area of Taylorsville and West Valley City. It was not directly caused by weather, but by a car crashing into a pole.
We are aware of power outage affecting West Valley City and Taylorsville, UT, the cause pole being hit by a vehicle. Appoximately 6, 400 customers are without power, we apologize for inconvenience. The ETR is 9:30pm. Text OUT to 759677 or at https://t.co/1aDrb5V7hj.— Rocky Mountain Power UT (@RMP_Utah) December 28, 2021
Temperatures are also expected to drop dramatically with this new storm. A blast of cold air will drop temperatures down to the 20s for Tuesday with overnight lows in the teens.
Additionally, the Utah Avalanche Center has issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning through 6 a.m. Tuesday for many mountain locations across Utah. People should check https://utahavalanchecenter.org before heading out in the backcountry.
Snow will develop across much of the area today and tonight with an approaching cold storm system. This will result in travel impacts for northern Utah during the evening commute as well as winter driving conditions for many mountain routes. Here's what you can expect. #utwx pic.twitter.com/j9r5BPJGVT— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) December 27, 2021
Snow will quickly stick to the roads. Significant snow accumulation is expected for the mountains so treacherous roads are expected for mountain travel for Monday and Tuesday.
Salt Lake City
Monday: Snow showers late afternoon through the evening. Highs: Near 40.
Monday Night: Snow. 2-4 inches. Lows: Mid teens.
Tuesday: Snow showers early and then tapering off. Highs: Near 40.
Monday: Rain showers late. Highs: Mid 40s
Monday Night: Rain/snow showers Lows: Low 30s.
Tuesday: Morning snow and colder. Highs: Mid 30s.