A winter storm that arrived two months before winter begins dropped snow in northern and southwestern Utah, creating winter driving conditions and knocking out power in some areas. Schools were delayed in Cache County.
Almost 13,000 customers were without power on Tuesday morning, including about 8,000 in Logan and surrounding areas, according to Rocky Mountain Power. Wet, heavy snow fell on trees that still have their leaves, which knocked down some power lines. Rocky Mountain Power expects to have power restored on Tuesday morning in most area, although some areas won’t see electricity return until Tuesday afternoon.
According to a tweet from Logan-Cache 911 dispatch, there are “numerous power outages, trees down, blown transformers and power lines down.” Temperatures will rise to the mid-40s on Monday, and there’s a 50% chance of rain.
Both the Logan City and Cache County schools announced that school start times will be delayed by two hours. Buses will also run two hours later than normal, and morning kindergarten and preschool classes have been canceled. Afternoon kindergarten and preschool will operate as usual.
Utah State University is delaying its opening until 9 a.m. And the Tooele County School District announced a two-hour delay for the Dugway School only.
Little if any snow fell in the Salt Lake City area, though rain made roads slick. Roads are wet in the lower Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, and there’s snow and slush in the upper canyons, according to the Utah Department of Transportation. Snow plows are out, and only vehicles with four-wheel drive or tire chains will be allowed in both canyons.
According to the National Weather Service, light snow accumulation is expected at elevations as low as 4,000 feet through Wednesday morning, but the storm will drop 10-20 inches in the mountains — more in some areas. A winter storm warning remains in effect for Utah’s mountains through Wednesday at midnight, with winter weather advisories for valley in central and southern Utah.
Roads — including Interstate 15— are snow covered in the Cedar City area and other parts of southwestern Utah. There’s a 100% chance of more snow in Cedar City on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, and it could be heavy at times. Accumulations of 3-7 inches are possible.
There’s a 60% chance of rain in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, and temperatures near 50 are expected. It will be mostly sunny and a bit colder — mid 40s — on Wednesday. And then another winter story will move in, with a 50% chance of snow and temperatures in the low 40s on Thursday.
Rain and highs near 60 are in the forecast for St. George on Tuesday, with sunny skies and temperatures slowly rising to the mid-70s by Saturday.
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