Spring storm brings heavy snow to mountain areas, with more expected Tuesday

May 7, 2024, 11:06 AM | Updated: 12:58 pm

From just above the Bountiful Temple, taken at 10 am Monday. Two feet of snow. Thousands of broken ...

From just above the Bountiful Temple, taken at 10 am Monday. Two feet of snow. Thousands of broken and bent trees. (Viewer submitted)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A cold front brought spring snow of up to two feet in some mountain areas and up to 8-10 inches in some places across the Wasatch Front and more is expected Tuesday. The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning and winter storm warning on Tuesday for multiple areas along the Wasatch Front.

The late season snow storm from over the weekend into Tuesday is not the latest snow to hit valleys in Utah history.

As recently as 2017, Utah valleys got snow on May 17 and 18. In 2010, it snowed in Utah on May 24, and the latest snow recorded in Utah was on June 6, 1914.

Multiple people took to social media sharing their disappointment or surprise over the late snow storm.

Others headed up to the ski resorts to take advantage of the fresh powder.

The storm was one of the biggest of the season, totaling 25 inches at Alta, 21 inches at Snowbird, 16 inches at Solitude, and 14 inches at Brighton — and there could be more to come.

The National Weather Service for Salt Lake City issued freeze warnings and winter storm warnings for different parts of the state on Tuesday.

A storm warning is in effect until midnight on Wednesday for the Wasatch Mountains including Interstate 80, North-Wasatch Mountains south of I-80 and the Western Uinta Mountains including the cities of Mantua, Logan Summit, Alta, Brighton, Mirror Lake Highway, and Moon Lake.

Heavy snow is expected with accumulations of four – eight inches and up to 12 inches in the upper Cottonwood Canyons and high Uintas.

The weather service advised people to check road conditions and avoid driving in those areas if possible.

“If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency,” the advisory stated.

The National Weather Service also put out a freeze warning for Eastern Box Elder County, Tooele/Rush Valleys, Utah Valley, and the San Rafael Swell through Wednesday morning.

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Spring storm brings heavy snow to mountain areas, with more expected Tuesday