Winter weather, flood advisories issued as winds give way to rain, snow in Utah

A TRAX train travels through the rain in downtown Salt Lake City Monday night. A flood warning was issued for Salt Lake City on Monday. (Carter Williams, KSL.com)

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SALT LAKE CITY – High winds that popped up on Sunday evening wreaked havoc for some drivers on Monday, but rain and snow will be a bigger headache for drivers from Monday night through Tuesday morning, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service has issued several winter weather warnings stretching across highlands from Utah’s northern to southern state lines and going into effect Monday evening as more than a foot of snow is expected in some parts of the state. The weather service has also issued a flood warning for parts of the Wasatch Front where heavy rainfall is expected in lower elevation areas.

There is more rain and snow

A storm that hit Utah on Monday evening is the atmospheric river event that has already brought heavy rain and snow over California and Nevada as it moves east. It dumped several meters of snow in the Sierra Nevada, said KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman.

The main burden of the storm is expected to result in heavy rainfall overnight.

“It’s going to be pretty tough by (Monday night),” said Weyman. “That’ll stretch all the way down to St. George and into the middle of the state. The interesting piece comes late (Monday night) when … the air gets colder. Yeah, it looks like we” “Will be more Getting snow in our mountains up to the banks. I think most of the valleys look wet and there might even be snow mixed in. “

The weather service’s winter weather warnings cover the Wasatch, Central, Southern, and Uinta Mountains, including the Alta, Alton, Brian Head, Brighton, Cove Fort, Fish Lake, Joes Valley, Logan Summit, Mantua, Mirror Lake Highway, and Moon Lake areas. Between 4 and 12 inches are expected in the Utah mountains, with most of the snow accumulation expected in the Wasatch Mountains.

We talked about wind and rain with the approaching storm, but the system will also bring a lot of snow for the Utah mountains. This will result in difficult travel for high altitude routes from tonight through Tuesday. Here is what you can expect. # utwxpic.twitter.com / tzm5rjSO4n

– NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 25, 2021

The weather service tweeted a model that projects 12 to 18 inches of snow in Alta between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

Up to 30 cm of snow is forecast for Brian Head and the Pavant, Tushar and Western Uinta mountain ranges. Ben Lomond and Tony Grove are also expected to receive up to 8 inches of snow.

In the Cottonwood Canyons in the Wasatch Mountain area, as well as on other highways such as State Routes 14, 143 and 153 in southern Utah, advisory states “Slippery Road Conditions and Difficult Travel Conditions” are expected overnight.

“Backcountry users should be prepared for heavy, wet snow, rapidly falling temperatures, and gusty winds,” she added.

Shortly after 9:15 p.m. Monday, the Meteorological Service issued a flood warning for northwest Salt Lake County, eastern Davis County, and central Weber Counties, effective immediately after radars indicated “widespread moderate rain.” Areas affected include Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Farmington, and Ogden.

Rain is on the way! Much of the state will have measurable rainfall through Tuesday. We are eagerly waiting for the rain reports from all of you! # Utwxpic.twitter.com / U1eTHaMoo2

– NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) October 25, 2021

“Expect urban areas and areas with poor drainage to have stagnant water and stagnation,” the warning said.

Another model released by the weather service on Monday shows that 1.25 to 1.75 inches of rain is expected in Salt Lake City between Monday and Tuesday evening. In many parts of central and northern Utah, the storm is also expected to receive up to or more than an inch of rain. “

Strong winds fade

A high wind warning and wind warning issued in Utah expired Monday evening with the arrival of the storm. The weather service recorded multiple gusts of more than 60 miles per hour in Tooele on Monday, as well as strong gusts in Delta, Beaver and Cedar City.

Utah Highway Patrol soldiers said they responded to “multiple” reports of blown truck trailers on I-80 in Tooele County on Monday. No serious injuries were reported; However, the incidents caused travel delays for motorists traveling both east and west.

Weyman said the wind was coming from the south, which meant it was cutting over vehicles traveling east and west on I-80.

“Also the salt flats, the lows – there’s nothing that can stop the wind, so it usually picks up there,” he explained.

Areas on the Wasatch Front, Wasatch Backcountry, and northern Utah remain on a wind warning that predicts gusts of up to 55 miles per hour in some locations through afternoon through evening. Both the warning and the notice expired at 9 p.m. on Monday.

Halloween outlook

Utah is expected to dry out for the rest of the week – although some showers are possible along the Wasatch Front and northern Utah over Halloween weekend.

The forecast calls for the high temperatures in northern Utah and the Wasatch Front to return in the upper 50s through the low 60s. In southern Utah, high temperatures with sunny skies are expected in Cedar City for the remainder of the week until the mid-1960s; Maximum temperatures are expected to return to the 1970s for St. George.

For full seven-day forecasts for areas across Utah, visit the KSL Weather Center.

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