A major winter storm developing in the Pacific Northwest will blow into northern Utah early Sunday bringing gusty winds and significant snowfall.
Those north of Salt Lake City will begin to see the snow fly during the morning hours on Sunday, and it will be heavy at times, with lowered visibilities due to blowing snow over mountain passes and mountain valleys. As the associated cold front moves south through the Wasatch Front, any valley rain along the Interstate 15 corridor will quickly transition to snow creating hazardous winter driving conditions.
Those that are planning to travel on Sunday or Monday will need to prepare for treacherous travel from northern Utah along the I-15 corridor to just south of Cedar City. The heaviest snow is expected to fall across northern and central Utah with roads deteriorating rapidly under heavy snow bands as the front pushes into central and southern Utah through Sunday night. Snow will continue, primarily in northern Utah, into Monday as a moist northwest flow along with the coldest temperatures of the season will allow for the development of lake effect snow showers across Davis County and the eastern side of Salt Lake County.
Expected snow accumulations will range from 3-6″ in the Wasatch Front valleys, 6-12″ on the benches and up to 12-24″ in the northern mountains with locally higher amounts, especially in the areas where the lake will help enhance the snowfall.
This storm has the potential to be a terrific snowmaker for many and it is important to stay ahead of it by ensuring you have prepared for winter driving and have a winter preparation kit in your car in case you get stuck.