Snowageddon – January 2017 Update

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As most of you, I’ve spent many of my free moments cleaning walks and chasing snow drifts around Provo. But, according to the National Weather Service, our fun is not over.

The snowy pattern will continue over the area with another snowstorm on the way. This will impact Utah and southwest Wyoming tonight through Friday morning. Snow is expected statewide, with the greatest amounts over northern Utah and southwest Wyoming. The snow will bring significant travel impacts, primarily from Ogden northward. However, the most significant impacts will be over all of northern Utah for the Thursday morning commute.

TIMING — We are looking for snow to increase over northern Utah and southwest Wyoming overnight. Snow levels will initially be on the rise, getting as high as 4500 to 5000 feet by Wednesday morning for areas south of Ogden. A cold front will then move through northern Utah Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and this will lower snow levels to the valley floors across all of northern Utah. The cold front will continue south during the day Thursday, shifting the focus of precipitation to central and southern Utah Thursday afternoon and evening before the precipitation tapers off Friday morning.

TRAVEL — As far as impacts go, all mountain routes will see winter driving conditions. For northern and central Utah, the most likely time for this will be tonight through Thursday morning. As the cold front shifts south, southern Utah will see the possibility of impaired travel Thursday afternoon through Friday morning. Travel will be hazardous at times for the valleys and mountain valleys as well. As precipitation changes back to snow across northern Utah Wednesday night/Thursday morning, travel for the Thursday morning commute will be hazardous.

THE SKINNY — Overall, we’re looking at 20 to 30 inches for the mountains of northern Utah, and one to two feet for the mountains of central Utah. We are expecting four to eight inches for the northern Wasatch Front and two to five inches for valley south with higher amounts on the benches.

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