Strong Cold Front & Heavy Snowfall On tap For UT | 10-20″ of Snow Friday – Saturday

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
Powder skiing at Snowbird, UT last week. Image: Matt Crawley

The National Weather Service is calling for a change in weather pattern for Utah. A strong cold front is forecasted to move into the area on Friday and reach the entirety of the state by the time Saturday rolls around. Along with that, a precipitation event is expected to move in at the same time, so heavy snowfall is forecasted to impact the area.

10-20″ of Snow Friday – Saturday In Utah.

7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

In the valleys, precipitation is expected to start out as rain, but it’s forecasted to turn to snow and accumulate to several inches by the time Saturday rolls around.

Additional Storm Info:

Warm before the storm today. Image: NOAA Salt Lake City, UT
Snow on tap for UT. Image: NOAA Salt Lake City, UT

Utah: 10-20″ of Snow Friday – Saturday

6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

UT Hazardous Weather Outlook:

Hazardous Weather Outlook
National Weather Service Salt Lake City UT
600 AM MST Thu Jan 18 2018

Cache Valley/Utah Portion-Northern Wasatch Front-
Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys-Southern Wasatch Front-
Great Salt Lake Desert and Mountains-Wasatch Mountain Valleys-
Wasatch Mountains I-80 North-Wasatch Mountains South of I-80-
Western Uinta Mountains-Wasatch Plateau/Book Cliffs-
Western Uinta Basin-Castle Country-San Rafael Swell-
Sanpete/Sevier Valleys-West Central Utah-Southwest Utah-
Utahs Dixie and Zion National Park-South Central Utah-
Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell-Central Mountains-
Southern Mountains-Southwest Wyoming-

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for the western two thirds of
Utah and southwest Wyoming.

.DAY ONE...Today and Tonight

No hazardous weather is expected through tonight.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Friday through Wednesday

Increasing south winds ahead of a cold front could become locally
strong in the southwestern valleys on Friday.

This strong cold front will slowly cross the outlook area from
north to south Friday through midday Saturday. Heavy snow will
accompany the cold front with significant snow accumulation in
the mountains, southwest Wyoming, and the northern, western, and
central Utah valleys. Even Utahs Dixie may see some snow with
this storm Saturday. Locally heavy snow showers will continue
across the outlook area through Saturday night.

Persons planning travel anywhere in the outlook area Friday
afternoon through early Sunday should be prepared for winter
driving conditions in snow, and allow for plenty of extra time to
reach their destinations.

There is the potential for some additional snow across the
northern outlook area Monday.

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