Winter Finally Hitting Utah

Winter Finally Hitting Utah

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John Daley ReportingA look at the calendar shows it's now November 14th, and finally, it actually looks like it outside. Our weather story can be summed up with "Three Ws", it's been pretty Warm the last few weeks, but as a front rolled through today that's been replaced by Wind and Wet.

The weather outside is frightful today, but for a couple of warm weeks November seemed nothing like November.

Today it turned with blustery winds and slick and gusty conditions making the roads tricky, like a ramp to I-215 near the airport.

Sgt. Dave Popelmayer, Utah Highway Patrol: "The driver was ejected form the vehicle and his foot was caught under the vehicle."

The ski industry was starting to get a little bit spooked with the slow start, but they know good things come to those who wait.

Dave Fields, Snowbird: "Obviously we'd like to be selling a couple thousand tickets today, but it'll come. It always snows in Utah."

Last year the ski resorts set records for visitors and, in some places, for snow depths. That big season got an early start with November snow that never let up. This season, despite sparse snow so far, bookings are up.

Hilary Reiter, Ski Utah: "We're shaping up pretty well after the snowfall we got over the weekend. So we should have a few resorts open at the end of the week and hopefully everyone can be out skiing by Thanksgiving."

Last winter's weather has our reservoirs, groundwater, and soil moisture in pretty good shape, but so far Utah has not had the early winter weather it had hoped.

Brian McInerney, Hydrologist, National Weather Service: "When you have snowpack and storm cycles set up early that's what you look for. So far we haven't had that. We're warmer, we're drier, we need some snow right about now."

Ski Utah says most resorts are expected to be open before Thanksgiving and all of them will be open before Christmas.

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