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Monday, December 17, 2012

Big Snowstorm Smacks Utah

Skiing will be great but travel conditions will become difficult this evening and Tuesday as a major winter storm pushes through the area.

A winter storm warning is in effect for many areas in Utah. In the densely populated Salt Lake/Tooele/Provo areas the warning is in effect through 9 am Wednesday. Forecasters expect about 5 inches of snow to  accumulate in some valley areas. Mountains may receive much higher amounts. Snowfall is expected to be heaviest this evening and Tuesday morning in the southern Wasatch Front area. Very cold temperatures are expected after the storm moves past.

All of Utah's high-elevation seasonal roads are now closed. (The Wolf Creek Pass road closed today.)

Southern Utah will also be battling snow. In the mountainous Kolob Canyons area in Zion Park, snow threatened to close the road today but, at this writing, the road remains open.

Utah's ski canyons will probably be restricted to vehicles with chains or 4-wheel drive during this period, and roads may be closed at times while crews perform avalanche control work.

Always check weather and road conditions locally to get the latest information for areas you plan to visit.

It will now be easier to get to Powder Mountain and Snowbasin ski resorts, thanks to the new “Ogden Ski Bus” public transportation service.


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