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Pineapple Express Weather System Brings Heavy Rains and Snow

Mar 8, 2019, 9:00 AM | Updated: 9:01 am
Snow Canyon State Park in Feb. 2019
Photo: KSL Weather...
Snow Canyon State Park in Feb. 2019 Photo: KSL Weather

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A weather system that originated in the Pacific, hit California, and is now moving through Utah has brought heavy rains and snow. This particular storm started as part of a system called the “Pineapple Express.”

“A well-known example of a strong atmospheric river is called the “Pineapple Express” because moisture builds up in the tropical Pacific around Hawaii and can wallop the U.S. and Canada’s West Coasts with heavy rainfall and snow,” according to the National Ocean Service.

The storm started out with rain across the Wasatch Front, that turned into snow. That impacted travel on I-15, as drivers say winter driving conditions.

 

KSL meteorologist Grant Weyman said by 9 p.m. the valleys could see 1″-3″ of snow, while benches will get 3″-6″, and mountains could see 10″-20″ of snow.

 

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Pineapple Express Weather System Brings Heavy Rains and Snow