White Christmas ahead: Winter storm warnings and watches issued for approaching storm

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – We now have active Winter Weather Alerts due to a strong winter storm that will impact the state over the next couple of days. 

The first is a Winter Storm Warning that is currently in effect and will continue through 5 a.m. on Christmas morning. This includes our Northern Utah mountains southward through the Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs. This warning also now includes southwest Wyoming. 

It also includes the Northern Utah mountain valleys like the Wasatch Back meaning the Ogden and Heber Valleys fall within the warning. In our mountain valleys, 5 to 15 inches of snow is possible, with heavy snow at times. Between Park City and Kamas, 18 inches of snow will be possible.

In the mountains 1-2 feet of snow is possible, and in isolated locations like the Cottonwoods even higher totals up to 3 feet will be possible. Winds could gust to 40 miles per hour leading to the potential for blowing snow making travel even harder if not impossible.

This warning includes I-80 and I-84. Use extreme caution if traveling between Salt Lake City/Ogden to Evanston in the day and evening time on Thursday. Winds within the warning will have the potential to gust upwards of 45 miles per hour. 

There are also a few winter weather advisories. The advisory for southeastern Utah includes the Abajo Mountains, where above 9000 feet, half a foot to a foot of snow will be possible. This will also come with winds that could gust up to if not higher than 40 miles per hour.

Outside of the winter storm warning in Northern Utah, there is a winter weather advisory for Bear Lake, the Bear River Valley, and the western Uinta Basin. Accumulations of 4-10 inches will be possible with winds that may gust to 45 miles per hour. 

 A winter weather advisory has been added for areas in Central and Southern Utah. This will go into effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and continue until 5 a.m. Sunday. The cities included in this alert are Brian Head, Cove Fort, Fish Lake, Jose Valley, and Alton. Snow for the higher elevations is expected to be heavy at times with accumulations of 5-15 inches of snow anticipated. Amounts may be higher in localized areas. Winds will also be of concern with this weather system possibly leading to blinding conditions at times. Wind gusts can reach up to 50 miles per hour at times. Travel will be difficult.

The other advisory is in parts of Northeastern Nevada which include both Ely and Eureka. This advisory runs from 4 p.m. Thursday through 11 a.m. on Friday. Snow accumulations of 4-10 inches will be possible above 7000 feet while below that mark 2-4 inches will be possible. The highest peaks of the Schell and Snake Ranges could pick up closer to 15 inches of snow. 

Down in the valleys, the amount of snow will be dependent on the snow levels. In our valleys in Northern Utah, we could see anywhere from a trace to a few inches. For the complete forecast click here.

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