WEATHER

Intense snow could lead to emergency alerts on phones

Jan 9, 2024, 1:44 PM | Updated: 1:53 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Emergency alerts could be sent to cell phones on Tuesday as dangerous wind and snow conditions hit northern Utah on Tuesday and Wednesday.

These alerts are called squall warnings, and they’ve caught users off guard in the past. Snow squall warnings are alerts that should be read carefully because a snow squall can heavily impact a person’s commute.

Meteorologists, troopers urge drivers in northern Utah to watch for snow squall warnings, poor conditions

The hope from the National Weather Service is for users to get the warning so they can plan their commute around when the weather is at its worst.

“A lot of times it’s just a quick punch. So if you do get accumulating snowfall, it can cause problems because it’ll happen in such a short amount of time. It’s basically a thunderstorm, right? Where you get heavy rainfall. It’s quick,” said KSL meteorologist Matt Johnson.

A snow squall can potentially make visibility very low for those on the road due to the snowfall, the snow on the ground, and heavy winds moving it all around.

In fact, visibility may come down to a quarter of a mile or just over 500 feet. That can fluctuate depending on how heavy the snow is.

A screenshot of an emergency alert sent for snow squalls in 2021.

“Some of the gusts can get up to 30 to 40 miles per hour, and then you’ve got blowing snow. You got all sorts of visibility issues, not just from the snow coming down but even coming off the ground snow. So it can complicate things,” Johnson said.

According to the NWS, they enacted snow squall warnings on cellular devices in 2022 and completed nationwide implementation in 2023. NWS also said that squall lines are common east of the Rocky Mountains, which means that Utahns may not be so familiar with the term.

The squall warning will inform the user of which areas are impacted by the squall, how long it will last, and other conditions to expect.


For a detailed look into the weather forecast at your fingertips, download the KSL Weather App.

KSL 5 TV Live

Weather

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Cary Schwanitz

Code Blue issued for Salt Lake County

The Code Blue alert, issued by the Salt Lake City Council, prompts emergency shelters to expand capacity by 35%.

13 hours ago

A sled dog team crosses Portage Lake in Portage, Maine, during the Can Am Crown 250 in 2001. (Rober...

Rachel Ramirez, CNN

Longest sled dog race in eastern US canceled due to not enough snow

The organizers of the Can-Am sled dog races canceled this year’s event due to dangerously insufficient snow coverage.

15 hours ago

Texas wildfire...

Mary Gilbert, CNN Meteorologist, Andy Rose and Joe Sutton, CNN

Texas fire doubles in size, threatens towns and forces evacuations

An out-of-control wildfire is threatening Texas Panhandle towns and forcing residents to evacuate.

15 hours ago

The crown of an avalanche triggered on Little Water Peak near Millcreek Canyon is pictured on Monda...

Michael Houck

Skier severely injured following avalanche near Little Water Peak

A woman needed to be hoisted out of Little Water Peak after being hurt after an avalanche Monday afternoon.

2 days ago

A snowplow clears the road in Cottonwood Heights on Feb. 9. An incoming storm is expected to provid...

Carter Williams, KSL.com

Warning issued for Utah mountains, advisories for valleys ahead of latest storm

More winterlike conditions are on the way after a springlike weekend, but snow accumulations will likely depend on the speed of the next storm arriving in Utah.

2 days ago

A paddle boarder tows an inflatable unicorn on a temporary lake in Death Valley on Thursday, Feb. 2...

Ty O'Neil, John Locher and Stephanie Dazio, The Associated Press

Kayakers paddle in Death Valley after rains replenish lake in one of Earth’s driest spots

Kayakers have been paddling in one of the driest places on Earth after a series of record rainstorms battered California’s Death Valley and replenished Lake Manly.

3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Intense snow could lead to emergency alerts on phones