Utahns can expect rain, snow in the mountains Saturday, but stronger winds, storm coming Monday

Snow covers the mountains during a preseason blizzard in Little Cottonwood Canyon on October 14th. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Another early winter storm hits Utah this weekend. The National Weather Service expects some rain and snow on Saturday, mostly in northern Utah, but that storm should be smaller than the one earlier this week. The wind will pick up on Sunday, resulting in a stronger storm on Monday with the possibility of power outages.

2 to 5 inches of snow can be expected in locations over 7,000 feet in northern Utah on Saturday, and the National Weather Service warned the rainfall could lead to some muddy roads on elevated roads.

Rain and snow last into the evening and early Sunday morning, said the weather service. The evening showers will continue to extend into central, southern, and eastern Utah, but the southern end of Utah is expected to be dry throughout the day.

The storm is expected to turn into strong winds and more precipitation on Monday.

The National Weather Service forecasts increasing winds on Sunday and winds on Monday that could be strong enough to affect travel. Gusts can reach anywhere from 55 to 65 miles per hour, the weather service tweeted. NWS specifically said that those traveling along I-80, US Highway 6, and I-70 in western and northern Utah should be aware of the wind and the possibility that dust will affect visibility.

The weather service warned that the wind on Monday could cause power outages due to falling trees and the rain could cause some large puddles of water or flooding, especially in areas with recent burn scars. It advised people living along I-80, in Cedar City, in the northern Utah Mountains, and between Salt Lake and North Ogden to be prepared for a power outage and bring loose items in.

The storm on Monday should turn into snow in the mountains in the evening.

We’ve updated our storm timeline with some of the latest forecast information and expected storm-related effects. Just look! We will continue to update as the storm approaches. # utwx # utwindpic.twitter.com / HJZATsJg8T

– NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 22, 2021×

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