SALT LAKE CITY — The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City issued a winter weather advisory along the Wasatch Front and in the valley lasting from 6 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The service reported the valleys could see about three to five inches of snow accompanied by gusty winds causing drifting snow.
An update on our winter storm.
Slightly heavier amounts (up to 3-5″) is looking likely for Salt Lake and Tooele benches which will also see gustier winds tonight producing localized blowing & drifting.#utwx pic.twitter.com/xGeJJn7BhD
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) February 13, 2021
Mountain routes are expected to be the most impacted, “likely degrading overnight,” according to the winter advisory. As the roads get wetter overnight, drivers should be prepared for icy roads in the morning.
The National Weather Service warns surrounding areas like Iron, Beaver and Millard counties may also experience winter driving conditions along I-15.
Earlier on Saturday, the Utah Avalanche Center (Center) warned outdoor enthusiasts that the heavy snow expected this weekend will aggravate an already existing danger of avalanches.
Avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon said anybody going into Utah’s backcountry must be prepared with emergency gear and with the latest information from the Utah Avalanche Center.
Late Saturday afternoon, the Utah Department of Transportation avalanche mitigation team tweeted that a full northside closure would be in effect from 10 p.m. Saturday night to 8 a.m. Sunday morning for avalanche mitigation work.
All terrain north of Little Cottonwood Creek from Gate B to Grizzly Gulch. Extends 100 feet over Twin Lakes Pass, and 1000 meters into Big Cottonwood
2/13/2021-10:00pm- 2/14/2021-08:00am pic.twitter.com/f0gerFAG2Q
— UDOT Avalanche (@UDOTavy) February 13, 2021
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