Spring-like weather is coming to Utah. But first more snow and record cold.

Temperatures will be around 30 degrees below normal for a few days.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mounds of snow pile up around homes in Mountain Green on Monday, April 3, 2023.

It doesn’t look like it outside on Tuesday, but spring weather is upon us. According to the National Weather Service, it will be here this weekend.

But first, records for the coldest April 4 in Salt Lake City are expected to be broken.

Utah is gripped by another major winter storm and the snow is piled up. As of early Tuesday, totals included:

snowbird • 35 inches.

Height • 34 inches.

Canyon Village • 29 inches.

summit park • 22.5 inches.

Lonliness • 18 inches.

powder mountain • 17 inch.

snow pool • 17 inch.

Park City Mountain Resort • 16 inches.

woodruff • 16 inches.

sandy • 15.4 inches.

Magna • 15 inches.

Logan • 13 inches.

ogden • 12 inches.

eden • 11.7 inches.

Mantua • 11.2 inches.

hyrum • 9.5 inches.

rich bank • 9.2 inches.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Austin Bingham operates a snowblower to clear his family’s driveway in Mountain Green on Monday, April 3, 2023.

Large Poplars • 9 inches.

Provo Gorge • 9 inches.

tools • 9 inches.

Wellsville • 9 inches.

Kaysville • 8.5 inches.

north salt lake • 8 inches.

sun dance • 8 inch,

Salt Lake City International Airport • 7.5 inches.

fruit heights • 7.4 inches.

Grantsville • 7 inch.

south weaver • 7 inch.

Springville • 7 inch.

town in the west valley • 7 inch.

forest hill • 7 inch.

Salt Lake City • 6.5 inches.

cedar fort • 6 inches.

City of Heber • 6 inches.

mantis • 6 inches.

Springville • 6 inches.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mounds of snow pile up around homes in Mountain Green on Monday, April 3, 2023.

When will the snow stop?

Keep in mind that the storm was far from over when these totals were reported. A winter storm warning remains in effect over much of Utah through 6 p.m. Tuesday, and snow is expected to continue in many areas Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, with a few inches more expected.

The storm wreaked havoc on Tuesday morning’s commute with dozens of accidents and slip-ups. The Jordan school district announced it would be offering online classes, and other districts — including Granite and Murray — delayed the start of classes by two hours. And the Utah Department of Transportation advised drivers to “consider delaying your commute by a few hours if possible” or working from home if possible.

Due to the threat of snow and avalanches, State Road 210 from the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird is closed and should not reopen Tuesday, according to UDOT.

According to the Utah Avalanche Center, avalanche danger is “high” in the mountains near Salt Lake, Logan, Ogden, Provo, and in the Uintas and Skyline areas, and danger is “significant” in the Moab area.

Temperatures remain shockingly low for early April. The forecast highs for the Salt Lake City area on Tuesday and Wednesday are 30 to 32 degrees — about 30 degrees below normal. Tuesday night’s overnight low is expected to be 17 with wind chill of 9.

Cold records were set – the coldest April 4 on record was a high of 37 in 1918; the record low was 20 in 1955.

The coldest April 5 on record in Salt Lake City recorded a high of 33 in 1921; The record low was 15 in 1955.

Skies will clear and temperatures will rise on Thursday, with highs forecast in the low 40’s. It will be around 50 on Friday, 53 on Saturday and 58 on Sunday – just under the normal high of 60 degrees at this time of year.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2023/04/04/spring-like-weather-is-coming/ Spring-like weather is coming to Utah. But first more snow and record cold.

Justin Scaccy

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