First wave of snow in northern Utah brings squall warnings, watchers

Jan 9, 2024, 10:28 PM | Updated: 11:58 pm

OGDEN — The first wave in a series of snowstorms expected to hit the Wasatch Front over the next week was highly anticipated and even had its share of watchers as it pushed south through northern Utah Tuesday.

“Here, it’s just crazy,” said Hayden Barry as he caught the sunset and watched the clouds move in Tuesday evening from a spot on the Ogden bench above Weber State University.

sun setting amidst clouds on a snow landscape

As a storm moved toward northern Utah, KSL’s weather team warned of intense snow. Reporter Andrew Adams took this photo before the storm hit Utah on Jan. 9, 2024. (Andrew Adams, KSL TV)

He was one of several people who stopped to take photos of the distinct evening lighting while catching a glimpse of the storm clouds as they moved into the area from the north and west.

National Weather Service SKYWARN weather spotter Bryant Kuns also perched himself on the east bench to track the storm as it moved into the Ogden Valley.

As a storm moved toward northern Utah, KSL’s weather team warned of intense snow. Reporter Andrew Adams took this photo after the storm hit Ogden, Utah on Jan. 9, 2024. (Andrew Adams, KSL TV)

“This is an ideal location that I have had all the time,” Kuns said. “It’s on our doorstep.”

By 6 p.m., the NWS had issued snow squall warnings as the fast-moving storm front brought strong winds, blowing snow and low visibility.

Within minutes of the alert, powerful gusts hit Ogden’s 25th Street as snow briefly fell at a high rate.

Minutes after that, the snow was practically done as effects were being felt on down into Salt Lake County and Utah County.

Kuns urged caution.

“Please be careful driving,” he said. “Be careful with going out and about tonight.”

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First wave of snow in northern Utah brings squall warnings, watchers