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Heavy Snowfall Forecasted For Wednesday Morning

Feb 5, 2019, 10:23 PM | Updated: Feb 6, 2019, 7:19 am

FILE: Motorists travel through the snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Jeff...

FILE: Motorists travel through the snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A KSL WEATHER ALERT has been issued for the area due to a winter storm moving through the Rocky Mountains, delivering significant amounts of snowfall for much of the state, especially in the higher elevations.

Southern Utah has already had over a foot of snow around Cedar City – and nearly two feet in Brian Head and the mountains east of the area.

This is a big-time storm.”

The cold front has already delivered heavy snow to Northern Utah – and along with it, some lightning and thunder.

KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank said moderate snowfall will continue through Tuesday night and into the morning.

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Roads in the major canyons have been plowed and treated, though both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons do have travel restrictions. Drivers should be prepared with snow chains and may be required to have 4×4 vehicles.

Temperatures are expected to fall below freezing overnight for much of the state, with wave after wave of snowfall expected overnight Wednesday and into the evening commute. Some parts of the state will continue to get snowfall through Thursday.

The valleys of Northern Utah will get between 3-6 inches of new snow, with up to a foot on the Wasatch Front benches. The northern mountains may get up to two feet of snow, and even the southern mountains will see up to 16 inches.

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Some spots will have a total of three to four feet of snow over the course of this storm system.

“The is a big-time storm,” said Eubank.

Officials with the Utah Department of Transportation said their crews had already responded to 149 crashes statewide as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Plows began working Tuesday at 4 a.m., and expected to work regular shifts until the storm system moves out of the state.

MORE: UDOT Warns Storm Will Impact Most Utah Roads

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Heavy Snowfall Forecasted For Wednesday Morning