Snow falls in Salt Lake City as cold front moves in, bringing more winter weather

A cold front will move in on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it strong chances of snow.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Snow falls on Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 5, 2022. According to the National Weather Service, there will be 100% snow on Wednesday.

Snow began to fall in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, hours after the National Weather Service issued winter weather warnings for much of Utah and a separate winter storm warning for the state’s southern mountains.

In Salt Lake City, the temperature fell from highs in the mid-40s to the low 30s by midday early Wednesday as a cold front moved in. Snow started mid morning and should continue through the afternoon depending on service, with up to 4-8 inches possible in some areas.

Even more snow is expected in the Wasatch Mountains — 6-12 inches north of Interstate 80 and 8-14 inches south of I-80, with even higher totals in some areas.

The weather service warned that wintry driving conditions are to be expected, especially on mountain passes. Access to the hinterland becomes “treacherous” for hikers and hunters.

More snow possible

The winter weather warnings issued early Wednesday are in effect through much of the state through 6 a.m. Thursday.

Salt Lake City has an 80% chance of more snow — 1-3 inches — with temperatures falling to about 31 on Wednesday night.

There’s a 40 percent chance of even more snow Thursday, with another half inch possible. The forecast high is only 34.

Expect highs in the mid-30s on Friday as well, with temperatures reaching the mid-40s on Saturday and Sunday, with a slight chance of rain and snow, according to the weather service.

Snow forecast for southern Utah

Heavy snowfall is expected in Brian Head, Bryce Canyon National Park and surrounding areas, with total accumulations of 10 to 16 inches or more in some areas. Driving through the higher passes of I-15 Wednesday evening could be “very difficult,” according to the National Weather Service.

The winter storm warning there is valid until midnight on Thursday.

Cedar City has a 90 percent chance of snow — an inch or two is possible Wednesday and the area could see 4 to 8 inches Thursday. Temperatures will drop from the mid-40s on Wednesday morning to the mid-30s later on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rain is expected in southwestern Utah – there is a 70% chance in St. George on both Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures will drop to 50 from 60 on Wednesday. Skies will be clear on Thursday and Friday with temperatures rising to 54 on Friday, 61 on Saturday and 65 on Saturday. Snow falls in Salt Lake City as cold front moves in, bringing more winter weather

Justin Scacco

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