SALT LAKE CITY — Most of northern Utah can expect to receive up to 4 inches of snowfall through Thursday morning with warnings and advisories issued along the Wasatch Front.
A Winter Storm Warning covering the mountains north of Interstate 80 went into effect at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations up to 20 inches with the most intense snowfall forecast late Tuesday through Wednesday morning with the warning set to expire at 5 p.m.
"Really all of northern Utah is going to see some pretty big impacts with this storm," UDOT spokesman John Gleason said. "I think the farther north you get, you’re going to see more challenging road conditions."
Nearly the remainder of north and northeast Utah will be under a Winter Weather Advisory that started as early as 5 p.m. Tuesday in some locations and lasts until 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service forecasts the benches in the Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah and Rush valleys to receive 2-to-5 inches of snow, with winter driving conditions expected Tuesday evening through the Wednesday morning commute.
“If you have to be out there driving in it, make sure that you’re prepared, make sure that you’re driving for those weather conditions," Gleason added. "Our plows are going to be out all overnight and making sure that we’re doing everything we can to keep the roads safe but make sure that you’re slowing down and getting to where you’re going safely as well.”
As of Tuesday evening, the snow had hit areas further north such as Weber, Box Elder and Cache counties the most.
"Coming down pretty good on Hill AFB," Joe Hodges posted in the "Utah's Weather Authority" Facebook group. "Was harder earlier but has slacked off a bit now."
Here's US-89 near Sardine Summit around 5:30 this evening. Blowing Snow was reported here earlier and visibilities are currently around 1/2 mile! Take it slow in your travels this evening. #UTwx pic.twitter.com/GWtSQdIJdZ— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) March 9, 2022
Rocky Mountain Power reported Tuesday night that about 650 homes and businesses had lost power in the Ogden area.
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An avalanche warning is in place from Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning for backcountry areas in the northern Utah mountains, including the Wasatch Range, the Western Uintas and the Bear River Range.
State Road 210, which runs up Little Cottonwood Canyon, will be closed starting at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday for avalanche mitigation.
Because of hazardous conditions, the full north side of the Little Cottonwood Canyon backcountry will close at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday at 9 a.m.
There is a possibility of snow squalls between Ogden and the Idaho border Tuesday night, and areas of central and western Utah on Wednesday.
When a snow squall hits, visibility can drop to almost nothing in an instant. There is no safe place on a highway during a snow squall, but what if you get stuck on the road? Reduce your speed, turn on your headlights, and don’t slam on your brakes! #SnowSquall #UTwx pic.twitter.com/re9XtjIbmK— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) March 8, 2022