Rain turning to snow across Utah valleys as winter storms moves through

Dec 9, 2021, 5:34 AM | Updated: 8:56 am
(National Weather Service Salt Lake City)...
(National Weather Service Salt Lake City)
(National Weather Service Salt Lake City)

SALT LAKE CITY — Winter weather has arrived in Utah, with mountains expected to receive 1′ to 2′ of snow and valleys seeing rain turn to snow as temperatures drop throughout the morning.

Salt Lake City could see 4″ to 6″ of snow, with Provo and Ogden expected to get around 3″ of snow. Park City could see up to 12″ of snow with this storm.

Meteorologists say heavier snowfall is possible in northern Utah during Thursday’s morning commute while heavier snow is expected in central and southern Utah later in the day.

“Travelers during the Thursday morning commute should drive slow on area highways and roadways and remember their skills in driving in winter conditions,” officials with the National Weather Service said. “Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.”

The Utah Department of Transportation said the traction law is in effect for both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, meaning all vehicles need approved traction devices. All-wheel and 4×4 vehicles need M+S or M/S (mud and snow) tires or tires with a Snowflake symbol on the side.

Two-wheel drive vehicles must have four 3-peak mountain snowflake tires.

Traction devices such as chains, snow socks, tire studs are also acceptable. When the traction law is in effect, you must be equipped with traction devices or the appropriate snow tires before traveling in the Cottonwoods.

Crashes have been reported across the Salt Lake Valley on northbound and southbound I-15, along with I-80 and I-215.

Power outages

Rocky Mountain Power officials said approximately 2,400 customers were without power due to an outage in West Valley City.

Crews are investigating the outage and estimated power would be restored before 11 a.m.

School closures

The Tooele County School District announced Dugway schools will move to online learning Thursday due to winter weather conditions.

All other schools in the district were expected to follow a regular schedule.

The Provo School District wanted parents to refamiliarize themselves with the district’s procedures for severe weather.

Provo schools said it is prepared to switch to at-home learning if needed. They will update parents on social media if any changes are needed.

KSL TV has LIVE team coverage as the storm moves across the state — Dan Spindle and Lori Prichard are in studio to bring you the latest updates with meteorologist Grant Weyman.

Haley Smith, Morgan Wolfe and Jed Boal are keeping an eye out on road and traffic conditions while Tamara Vaifanua will bring you any breaking news updates and school closures.

Stay up to date with the weather at KSL Weather. Watch live on KSLTV.com/live or download the KSLTV app at KSLTV.com/app. You can also get weather alerts for your specific area with the KSL Weather app. Get it on at App Store or on Google Play.

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