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Winter storm expected to hit northern Utah this week

By Lauren Bennett, | Posted - Dec. 11, 2019 at 5:45 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Northern Utah is expected to see some snow this week, starting on Thursday. The winter storm will come in two parts, according to National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.

A winter storm warning was issued for the Wasatch Mountains north of I-80, starting Thursday at 5 a.m., according to NWS Salt Lake City.

Woodruff and Randolph are included in this warning, which will remain in effect until Saturday at 5 p.m.

The first part of the storm is expected to bring heavy snow that will reach up to two feet in some areas. Five to 10 inches of snow is expected to accumulate in Bear River Valley and wind gusts up to 40 mph can hit exposed summits, causing blowing snow.

A second winter storm warning is in effect for the Wasatch Mountains south of I-80 — including Alta, Brighton, Mirror Lake Highway and Scofield — from Thursday at 11 a.m. to Saturday at 5 p.m.

A rain and snow mix will likely start across the northern mountains on Thursday. The Wasatch Front is expected to be hit with snow north of Ogden and in Cache Valley.

Mostly rain is expected to hit the Wasatch Front south of Ogden, during the first portion of the storm.

A break in the storm is expected to come on Friday morning, with light rain intermittently throughout the day. However, by Friday afternoon, snow will likely return to the mountains and continue overnight for all northern valleys.

It is expected to snow periodically throughout Saturday, before ending in the evening.

During the storm, NWS Salt Lake City officials say travel will be “difficult to impossible" in northern Utah, starting with the morning commute.

All routes in the mountains will be impacted, including Logan Summit and Sardine Canyon.

Officials advise residents to stay indoors during the storm if possible. However, if travel is necessary, officials recommend taking standard precautionary efforts, such as keeping emergency kits in cars.

Lauren Bennett

KSL Weather Forecast