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Winter weather advisory issued for Utah mountains; strong winds continue in southern Utah

By Carter Williams, KSL.com | Posted - Apr. 25, 2021 at 1:07 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a winter weather advisory for mountainous areas of Utah ahead of a storm expected to arrive in the state later in the day remain in the state into the start of the workweek.

That's on top of high winds that have lingered in Utah ahead of the storm that's expected to provide "significant" moisture throughout Utah.

Winter weather returns to the mountains

The weather service's winter weather advisory, which will be in effect from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, centers around high altitude areas across Utah such as all parts of the Wasatch Mountains, the western Uinta Mountains and the Southern mountains.

It includes Alta, Brighton, Logan Summit, Mantua, Moon Lake and the Mirror Lake Highway in northern Utah, as well as Alton and Brian Head in southern Utah.

It advises that snow accumulations of 4 to 10 inches are likely in northern Utah, with some locations receiving over 1 foot of snow. Four to 8 inches of snow is expected in southern Utah, with some parts receiving more than 10 inches.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are also anticipated with the storm across the state, which will likely result in blowing snow.

Drivers are urged to slow down and use caution, especially on all high-elevation routes.

"Travel impacts expected across mountain routes, especially mid to late Monday morning through early Monday afternoon," the weather service wrote. "Passes and mountain routes especially prone to travel impacts include Parley's Summit on I-80, Logan Summit on (U.S. Highway) 89 and both Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons."

Snow is expected to create travel problems for state Routes 14 and 143 in southern Utah, as well.

More than 0.50 inches of rain was already forecast for most of the lower-elevation areas of northern Utah between late Sunday and Tuesday. The storm is also expected to provide precipitation across the state.

Strong winds continue ahead of storm

Meanwhile, strong winds are still impacting most of the state ahead of the storm. A high wind warning remains in effect through 10 p.m. Sunday for a large chunk of central and southwestern Utah, including Beaver, Cedar City, Delta, Little Sahara and Milford.

Sustained winds of 30 mph to 40 mph, with gusts over 55 mph were anticipated for most of Sunday.

Multiple wind advisories were issued for most of the remaining areas in both regions, including large recreation areas like Lake Powell, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park. Sustained winds of 20 mph to 30 mph, with gusts upwards of 50 mph were expected in those areas Sunday.

Wind advisories for areas around Big Water, Escalante, Green River, Kanab, Loa and Torrey will remain in effect through 9 p.m. Monday.

As a result of warm temperatures and low relative humidity paired with the high winds, the weather service warned of continued fire danger in the southern portion of the state.

Red flag warnings remained in effect throughout the region Sunday.

Full forecasts for areas across Utah can be found at the KSL Weather Center.

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