Utah forecasters predict heavy snowfall, strong winds

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Plateau, as well as the western Uintas.

Utah forecasters have predicted heavy snowfall and strong winds from Wednesday evening till wee hours on Friday.

Valley rain, snow in the mountains was predicted to begin falling in northern Utah on Tuesday morning.

Rain will change to snow in valleys on Thursday, tapering off by Friday morning, it said.The NWS warned of new snowfall varying between 8 to 20 inches from Logan running south through Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo, Nephi, Richfield and Price, and east to the Utah-Wyoming border.

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Strong winds from 30-45 mph with gusts near 60 mph, along the westerly ridge tops will add to the hazards.

From Vernal south to Green River in eastern Utah, will be under a Winter Weather Advisory through 5 am Thursday. A mix of fresh snow and rain is expected in the region. Strong winds of 20-30 mph also expected here.

Meanwhile, the Utah Avalanche Center rated the risk of potentially deadly snowslides at ‘moderate’ throughout the state. It said that the mountains above Moab had a ‘low’ risk grade.

The Utah Division of Air Quality graded all areas of the state at ‘green’ mark or healthy beginning from Thursday.

Salt Lake and Tooele counties looked for plentiful rainfall on Thursday bringing the highest temperature 40 degree, down by 10 degrees.