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First major winter storm of season takes aim at Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A major winter storm is making its way into our region just in time for the return of Thanksgiving Day travelers. With warmer air in place during the initial push of moisture, most valley locations will begin as rain, especially along the Wasatch Front.

Residents in far northern Utah may mix with snow as temperatures remain cooler than most. Precipitation will continue all night with heavy snow in the mountains. A strong cold front will push through northern Utah around 6 a.m. ushering in much colder temperatures and an immediate changeover to snow. 

Once the changeover of snow occurs, expect a period of very heavy snow in all valley locations that could reach an inch an hour and reduced visibilities making holiday return travel tricky.

Residents in Utah County will be dealing with blowing snow due to winds that could blow in excess of 55 mph so those in this area will need to be wary of any loose articles or decorations that may blow away. 

Valley snow is expected to remain light even with a period of heavy snow with most in the 1 to 3-inch range. East bench locations in Tooele, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties could see snow accumulations range between 3 to 7 inches making for significant travel issues.

Northern Utah mountains, including the Cottonwood Canyons and western Uintas, are forecasted to see between 1 and 3 feet of snow. This will make for whiteout conditions and roads nearly impassible during the Saturday morning hours.

Those that are heading to the mountains for some skiing, prepare for extreme winter driving conditions. 

Stay informed on air and online at abc4.com/weather for your latest Pinpoint weather updates.

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