Winter Storm Expected To Impact Entire State
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Wednesday morning’s storm didn’t hit all of Utah, but the areas where it did land felt the impact.
The morning snow affected residents in several ways, part of a storm that was expected to continue into Friday for some regions.
According to KSL TV meteorologist Grant Weyman, northern areas of the Wasatch Front were under a winter advisory, with between 1 – 4 inches of snow expected by noon Wednesday.
All of southern Utah remained under a winter storm warning in effect until Friday. Weyman forecasted between 3 – 6 inches of accumulated snow for St. George and up to two feet of snow for the mountainous regions.
WARNING! Winter Storm Warning for the south and central. Even St. George will see snow and accumulation by FRIDAY morning. pic.twitter.com/onI1dhEj4b
— Grant Weyman (@KSLweyman) February 20, 2019
Weber County was hit hard enough Wednesday that some school districts had to announce whether they’d be open or not. While neither Ogden nor Weber districts declared an official snow day, both made exemptions for students whose parents decided to keep them home.
The Utah Transit Authority also had to place some bus routes on snow routing, diverting them away from hills or areas with excessive snow. By mid morning, though, all but one — No. 625 — had gone back to normal routes.
The Utah Highway Patrol reported that it had already investigated 32 crashes as of 9 a.m., and it tweeted a reminder to drivers to make adjustments for the weather.
Troopers have investigated 32 crashes today.
Remember: Winter driving boils down to leaving yourself reaction time. The faster you go and the closer you follow that vehicle in front of you, the less reaction time you have. So, slow down and increasing following distance.
— Utah Highway Patrol (@UTHighwayPatrol) February 20, 2019
“Winter driving boils down to leaving yourself reaction time,” according to the tweet. “The faster you go and the closer you follow that vehicle in front of you, the less reaction time you have. So, slow down and increase following distance.”
However, some areas of the state remained relatively dry.
Much of the Salt Lake valley, as well as areas to the south in Utah County, saw only minimal amounts of moisture even as the inches were piling up in other parts of the state.
Weyman said that after the current storm dies down, Utahns should expect a few days of clouds before the next big storm hits on Monday.
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