The latest: Major winter storm headed for Utah

MAIN EMPHASIS:  This forecast is CHANGING and will continue to evolve up until the storm enters Utah.  Another way to say it, this forecast is far from certain and differences in our information show snow totals along the Wasatch Front from near nothing, to several feet depending upon the forecast.  

**Be sure to continually check in with the latest updates through our website, Facebook, and also by downloading our Pinpoint Weather App as Meteorologists Devon Lucie, Dan Pope, Adam Carroll, and Alana Brophy keep you informed.**


Friday 8:30 a.m.

Devon Lucie answering your weather questions

In a nutshell, all those changes I was warning us about?  Here they are.  However, the complete weather picture through the entire weekend and for the entirety of this winter storm is much clearer this morning. 

Let’s first start with a slew of WINTER STORM WARNINGS and a new WINTER STORM WATCH.  Some are already in effect, others will go into effect later today, but for most of us along the Wasatch Front our winter storm warning won’t begin until 5 PM on Saturday.  Click here for all the start and end times for the warnings and watches through the weekend.

The precipitation holds off until Saturday for most of the Wasatch Front.  But by this afternoon, rain and snow are forecast to begin over Southern Idaho and Northern Utah for Malad City and Preston, Idaho, Logan, Brigham City, and possibly as far south as Ogden in Utah.  The Futurecast forecast shows rain forecast is green shades, snow in blue shades, and a mix of rain and snow in pink.

By this evening, the cold front will move into Northern Utah changing over the rain to snow for most, with possibly still some rain for most of the evening hours for spots around Ogden.

Overnight into Saturday morning, precipitation is expected to begin all over the Wasatch Front.  However, the cold front will stall over the north end of the Wasatch Front keeping in mainly rain for most of the day south of Ogden.  

By Saturday night, the cold front will finally make progress farther south so rain is forecast to change over to all snow by Saturday evening… when the WINTER STORM WARNING goes into effect for Salt Lake City.

Snow is expected to fall overnight through Sunday morning, so driving on roads overnight in the Salt Lake Valley and getting around on Sunday morning will be more dangerous with snow covered roads anticipated.  As for snowfall totals?  Not much has changed in snow totals forecast by SUNDAY, but remember the snow won’t begin for most of us until Saturday night.  

More updates will come to this forecast as they occur.  Stay informed with the entire News4 Utah Pinpoint Weather Team through the duration of this winter storm with your Pinpoint Weather App by clicking here.


Thursday 9:30 a.m.
As new information is coming in, questions into the timing, movement, and place of a cold front could play a critical role in who receives the snow, and how much you’ll get.  Right now, the most likely forecast still shows the cold front moving through the Wasatch Front by tomorrow evening allowing snow to fall all along the Wasatch Front.  However, here’s a look at how some of our information show the cold front’s movement Friday night through early Saturday morning.  

Most forecast information shows snow is most likely for our northern and northwest zones as the cold front moves into Utah.

Our exclusive Pinpoint Weather Forecast shows how this cold front could barely move into, and/or through the Wasatch Front.

If this forecast turns out to be correct, the cold front won’t move through the Salt Lake Valley until the morning hours on Saturday.  That means the heaviest snow for this initial round of snow falls north of Salt Lake City and valley amounts will be minimal from there and farther south.

If the cold front does stall over the Salt Lake Valley, here’s how snow totals could look by Saturday morning.

Is this forecast correct?  Is this the best forecast at this time?  No, it isn’t.  All the information right now is telling the Pinpoint Weather Team that the cold front still appears likely to pass through most of the Wasatch Front by Friday evening allowing snow to fall in the Salt Lake Valley and points farther north.  At this time, the snow forecast we’ve first issued still appears to be the likeliest or best forecast at this time, but I urge you to keep up with this ever changing forecast as I can guarantee it will look different by the time we get to Friday afternoon.

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