Another big storm targets Utah; weather warnings already displayed

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Another big storm is heading towards Utah, and ahead of the wet weather, we are seeing increased cloud cover and high winds.

We have an atmospheric river impacting central California causing coastal flooding and heavy snowfall in the mountains, and that moisture is going to push into the Great Basin. Atmospheric rivers are narrow bands of wind that carry large volumes of water vapor from the tropics to different climates. In this case, we will see a window of high intensity precipitation that will bring snow to our mountains and valleys overnight.

The gusty southerly winds are the precursor to the storm’s precipitation layer, and so the Western Desert will face windy conditions on Tuesday.

A “high wind warning” will go into effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the west side of the state, including the Tooele and Rush Valleys. Gusts could reach up to 65 miles per hour for areas under warning, so dust and crosswinds will be a problem with expected travel complications.

A “Wind Advisory” is in effect for the same time period for many locations in the Utah Valley including Salt Lake Valley, Eastern Juab/Millard Counties, Sevier Valley, Valleys of the Upper Sevier River and Bryce Canyon Country. These areas could see wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour. Be sure to secure loose items, like holiday decorations, before the wind picks up.

Winds will become gusty behind the cold front as cooler air enters. The front will cross Utah from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning and the associated humidity will change from rain to snow.

Most of the valleys will see rain, some heavy, and by Tuesday evening the rain will change to snow. Expect a period of wet snow late Tuesday through early Wednesday and due to timing, the Wednesday morning ride will likely have impacts.

Snow accumulation is expected and with impacts for travel in many Utah valleys and mountain valleys will be under a “winter weather advisory” from 11:00 p.m. until 11:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The snowfall window is longer in the mountains with a “winter storm warning” taking effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon. With strong winds and snow, mountain roads will encounter blowing snow, limited visibility and wintry driving conditions.

We have a chance for a few lingering isolated flurries Wednesday afternoon, but then the storm clears up.

Following the snow, temperatures will be close to freezing. Colder air persists and another storm will move through part of Utah this week. Here is an overview of your latest predictions:

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