Winter Storm Warning issued for northern Utah ahead of Christmas

Warnings and Advisories 12-22
Posted at 12:42 PM, Dec 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-22 19:35:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning on Wednesday, meaning it may be a very white Christmas for the mountainous areas of northern Utah.

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Lasting Thursday through early Saturday morning, the mountains along the Wasatch Front will be most affected by the warning that stretches from the state's northern border down to Nephi.

FOX 13 meteorologist Allison Croghan has the very latest below on the Winter Storm Warning issued for parts of Utah

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Ahead of the system, conditions will worsen Thursday as winds pick up and a snow/rain mixture is forecast, with more rain expected Friday. Light flurries and colder temperatures are expected Christmas morning through Monday.

Winter Storm Warning Explainer

At most, up to three inches of snow could be found in the northern Utah valleys, but the mountains are forecast to receive up to nine inches.

Due to heavy amount of snow expected in the mountains, the storm will create dangerous avalanche conditions, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. It's likely that people will trigger large avalanches if they go into areas where they occur.

The central and southern mountains are under a Winter Storm Advisory, along with the Bear River Valley and Uinta Basin.