Weather alerts lifted in Utah after storm dumped 2 feet of snow in some parts of the state

Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday. Some parts of the city received over 3 inches of snow, while some parts of the state received over 2 feet of snow since late Wednesday.

Workers clear snow at the Utah Capitol on Friday. Some parts of the city received over 3 inches of snow, while some parts of the state received over 2 feet of snow since late Wednesday. (Carter Williams,

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SALT LAKE CITY — A storm that slammed Utah Thursday and lingered into Friday dumped over 2 feet of snow in some of the state's mountains, according to the National Weather Service.

The weather service lifted all remaining winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings Friday afternoon, as the storm moved eastward.

Heavy snow totals were reported across the state, especially in the mountains. Alta's Collins area and Brighton Crest in Salt Lake County each recorded 29 inches of snow between Wednesday evening and Friday night, according to weather service data published Saturday morning. Snowbird was among the other reporting sites areas that received at least 2 feet of snow.

Eagle Point Resort, farther south of the Wasatch Mountains, in Beaver County, received 26 inches of snow, as well.

In lower elevation areas, communities like Woodland Hills in Utah County received over a foot of snow, while the Bountiful Bench received close to a foot of snow in Davis County. The BYU campus received 3 inches of snow in Provo, as did Salt Lake City, at 5,088 feet elevation.

What's more, the storm carried plenty of water — an important distinction for snowpack, which is calculated by the amount of water within the fallen snow. Not all of the weather service sites indicated snow totals; some instead provided precipitation totals. Pine Creek in the Central Mountains, for example, received 3.1 inches of precipitation.

The statewide snowpack total is still well below normal for close to mid-December. However, it jumped from 31% of normal on Monday to 55% of normal as of 8 a.m. Saturday, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Meanwhile, most other aspects of the storm have cleared up. All traction requirements have been lifted in Utah; however, U.S. Highway 191 is closed at the Utah-Wyoming border due to road conditions. The Utah Department of Transportation wrote that's not expected to reopen until Monday.

The department urged drivers to delay their travel Friday morning due to weather conditions, as the storm lingered in the state.

"Heavy lake effect snow is causing issues on many highways in Salt Lake County. Please consider delaying travel for 2-3 hours until the snow moves out. If you have to travel, please use caution and slow down," the department tweeted in the morning.

The Utah Highway Patrol confirmed it responded to over 250 crashes between Thursday and Friday. Drivers were also warned of long delays on I-15 after a crash early Friday briefly shut down the freeway southbound at Draper.

Utah Transit Authority also lifted all its snow routes that had been put in place Friday morning.

Contributing: Ashley Imlay


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