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Salt Lake-area valleys expecting 1-2 inches of snow as Wasatch Front gets spring storm

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Mar. 26, 2020 at 8:23 a.m.



SALT LAKE CITY — The Wasatch Front got a winter storm in spring on Thursday morning as many of the valleys are seeing snowfall.

The snow should stop by late morning for the Wasatch Front, and temperatures will be back up in the 50s by the weekend, according to KSL Weather Meteorologist Grant Weyman.

The lower elevations of the Wasatch Front, as well as valleys in central Utah, should see 1-2 inches of snow, while Wasatch Front benches will see 2-4 inches, according to Weyman. Mountains could see 10-20 inches, and the Wasatch back is expected to see 5-10 inches of accumulation, Weyman said.

People are advised to be careful on the roads in the Salt Lake Valley, according to the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City. There are some slushy areas, mostly on overpasses and bridges, that could be dangerous.

Tire chains, 4-wheel drive or another approved traction method is required for all vehicles on state Route 190 in Big Cottonwood Canyon and state Route 210 in Little Cottonwood Canyon, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.

Little Cottonwood Canyon was closed Thursday morning for avalanche control work, but reopened just after 8 a.m.

Backcountry terrain on the north side of Little Cottonwood Canyon from Lisa Falls to the East Cardiff area will be closed until at least 5 p.m. Thursday due to avalanche danger, according to UDOT. Terrain from Toledo Chute to the east is open in the canyon, the agency said.

Avalanche danger is currently listed as “considerable” in the Ogden, Salt Lake and Provo regions of the Wasatch Mountains, as well as in the Uinta Mountains, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

Avalanche danger is “moderate” in the Logan region of the Wasatch, the Utah Avalanche Center said.

The full weather forecast is available at ksl.com/weather. Road and traffic updates are available via the KSL Traffic Center on Twitter @KSLTraffic or from UDOT at udottraffic.utah.gov.

Jacob Klopfenstein

KSL Weather Forecast