Winter storm hitting Utah, expected to continue through late morning

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Posted at 7:05 PM, Mar 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-06 00:17:52-05

Winter Weather Advisories are in place Saturday night through Sunday morning for most of northern and central Utah, and some areas have been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning, which is more severe.

The Salt Lake Valley and Tooele Valley are on "Warning" status through Sunday at 11 a.m.

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"A band of heavy snow will persist overnight with widespread accumulations up to six inches with locally higher amounts. Avoid travel tonight if possible!" the NWS advised those in these areas.

A mixture of rain and snow has been falling throughout the day, with mostly rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains.

Through the night, however, a cold front is expected to drop the snow levels to the valleys with about 1-4 inches possible. Mountain areas could see as much as 10 inches of snow.

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Rocky Mountain Power reported about 3,000 customers without power, mainly in the areas of Kearns and West Valley City.

Hail, lightning and thunder were seen in much of the southern and southwestern portions of the Salt Lake Valley early in the evening. Eventually, snow was falling across nearly the entire Wasatch Front.

Some traffic delays have already been occurring throughout Saturday evening, and drivers are advised to expect more throughout the night and into Sunday morning.

The NWS also reported graupel falling in the Salt Lake area, which they defined as "Soft, small pellets formed when supercooled water droplets... freeze onto a snow crystal."