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SALT LAKE CITY — Did you enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather these past few days? Don't get too used to it; winter weather is starting in Northern Utah for the end of President's Day weekend.
While the valleys are seeing mostly rain and light snow, accumulations are beginning in the mountains. The Utah Department of Transportation tweeted Sunday morning that traction restrictions are in place for both Big and Little Cottonwood canyons.
Little Cottonwood Canyon closed Sunday afternoon for about 90 minutes for "avalanche control work," and reopened just before 4:15 p.m. as snowplows cleared the downhill lane.
🚧 #RoadClosureUpdate: #LCCroad#SR210 is now open as @UDOTavy control work is complete and plows are clearing the downhill lane. 🚧— UDOT Cottonwood Canyons (@UDOTcottonwoods) February 16, 2020
Thanks all for your patience! 🙏@UDOTTRAFFIC@CanyonAlerts@Snowbird@AltaSkiArea@AltaCentralpic.twitter.com/HQWMsbdDAS
The National Weather Service tweeted Saturday that valley locations would "start as rain, and transition to snow from north to south by Sunday evening."
The weather service said the most snow is expected in Alta, reaching between 12 and 18 inches. Snowbasin, Beaver Mountain and Trial Lake are all expecting 8 to 12 inches of snow. Evanston and Solider summit could see between 2 and 3 inches and Park Valley, Logan and Provo could only see an inch.
Planning on heading to (or passing through) the mountains on Sunday? Be ready for heavy snowfall over all northern Utah mountain routes. Snowfall rates peaking between 1-2 in/hr during the day Sunday will make for very difficult travel. More: https://t.co/FmlUW3ioiE#utwxpic.twitter.com/iPMBkfZfYT— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) February 15, 2020
Lingering snow showers are expected to start Sunday evening and push onto Monday morning with temperatures ranging between 25 and 32 degrees, depending on elevation.
The full KSL Weather forecast is available at ksl.com/weather.
Contributing: Graham Dudley, KSL.com