More active weather ahead of New Year’s; Winter Weather Advisories issued

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4) – Over the next few days, we’ll see how a number of systems affect Utah.

They will bring with them wet periods, most of which is snow, but in southern Utah at lower elevations like St. George we will see rain early and late in the days with the chance of a wintry mix. The winter weather warnings go into effect this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. for almost all higher elevations from the northern mountains to the southern mountains.

These clues will also include some mountain valleys such as the Wasatch Back. Down in southeastern Utah for the Abajos, a winter storm watch begins tonight.

The wet winter weather will arrive by the end of 2021


Location: Wasatch back

Length of time: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – 9:00 p.m. Friday

To hum: 8-14 ″ with potentially higher amounts in isolated locations. The Ogden Valley will have the potential to be over 14 ″ to see.

Winter driving conditions are to be expected. Hazardous conditions could affect Wednesday and Thursday evening commuting, as well as Friday morning commuting.

location: Wasatch Mountains, Western Uintas, Wasatch Plateau / Book Cliffs, Central Mountains

Length of time: Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – Saturday 5:00 a.m.

To hum: 1-2 feet with locally higher amounts of possible winter driving conditions are expected. Traveling on mountain routes can be dangerous or even impossible. The heaviest snow is expected late Thursday afternoon through Thursday evening.

Location: Bryce Canyon Country and south-central Utah

Length of time: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – 9:00 p.m. Friday

To hum: 5-12 ″. Winter driving conditions with limited visibility are likely between Wednesday evening and Friday evening.

Location: Sanpete valley

Length of time: Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – Friday 9:00 p.m.

To hum: 6-12 ″ Winter driving conditions are expected with periods of limited visibility between Wednesday late and Friday evening.

location: Zion National Park, including the town of Springdale

Length of time: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday – 9:00 p.m. Friday

To hum: Near 1 ″ near Springdale and 4-9 ″ over 4500 feet. Winter driving conditions with times of limited visibility expected between Wednesday late and Friday evening.


Location: Abajo Mountains, including the town of MonticelloDuration: Wednesday evening – Friday eveningTotals: 10-24 ″ possible. Seasons of heavy snow possible, travel can be very difficult, if not impossible, at times. Winds could reach up to 35 miles per hour.

New hints have been added for some lower altitudes. These include the lower valleys of the Wasatch Front, Tooele Valley, Cache Valley, I-15 Corridor, and the higher valleys of southwest Utah including Cedar City, Kanarraville, New Harmony. Snow accumulations in these added areas range between 2-5 inches by Friday night.

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