Winter storm headed for Utah. Here's what to expect

Jan 19, 2019, 00:50
Winter storm headed for Utah. Here's what to expect

A major storm is expected to hit Utah Thursday, bringing widespread heavy snow and strong winds, and possibly two feet of snow to some areas of Utah. The watch goes into effect Saturday at 1 p.m. and ends Sunday at 4 p.m.

Snow will continue through much of the day Saturday, ending by evening with falling temperatures and gusty winds.

The 41 Action News weather team says snow accumulations in the metro could range from one to four inches, with higher amounts to the north. As cold air plunges in, some of that rain will change to snow as the system exits. Temperatures should warm into the 20s and low 30s on Tuesday and then potentially above normal on Wednesday ahead of the next system approaching the area late next week the weather service said. FIRST ALERT DAYS are up for Saturday and Sunday.

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On Thursday, Harper will bring snow into the Rockies, Sierras and Cascades, then spread into the Northern Plains by nighttime. Expect hard travel conditions overnight. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

Hartford, Conn.: Snow is advancing into central southern New England by sunset or so Saturday.

Southeastern Idaho, including Pocatello, American Falls, Blackfoot, Burley, Rupert and Heyburn, will see less than 1 inch of snow.

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With the suggestion that several inches of snow could impact the area, local governments have been assessing their snow removal readiness. Monday, however, will be dry, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Portland, Maine: Snow moves into coastal Maine on Saturday night and Sunday, including the city of Portland. Lows near zero (-18 degrees Celsius).

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