OGDEN — Northern Utah’s long-awaited snowstorm is finally here.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, Ogden and South Ogden have both reported receiving 2 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City. More of that fluffy white stuff will soon be on the way.
Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties are in a winter storm warning until 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 19. The valleys are expected to get anywhere from 4-8 inches, while the Wasatch Mountains could get 8-14 inches, the NWS said. Some areas in the mountains may even see 1-2 feet of snow.
“This looks to be the most significant storm for the region all winter season. Those planning to travel tonight through Monday should be prepared for winter driving conditions including snow covered roads and reduced visibilities,” the NWS advised.
Interstate 15 from Brigham City to Salt Lake City will be significantly impacted by road snow until at least 10 a.m. Monday, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.
Weather Alert: A winter storm is ongoing for far N Utah and will expand south through the Wasatch front tonight into MON AM. AM commute impacts along Wasatch Front. More details here: https://t.co/rsT9lYglYq #utsnow #utwx @UtahTrucking @TravelWiseUtah pic.twitter.com/diaQs2t6PN— UDOT Traffic (@UDOTTRAFFIC) February 18, 2018
Both the NWS and UDOT advise motorists to use caution while traveling, and to have a winter survival kit in your car. The kits should include warm blankets, extra clothing, extra food and water.
Powder Mountain Highway (S.R. 158) will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to noon Monday for avalanche control, UDOT said in a tweet. No traffic will be allowed to or from Powder Mountain ski resort during this time.
Avalanche danger in the Wasatch Mountains is also expected to rise as more snow falls throughout the night. As of Sunday evening, avalanche danger was “considerable” in the Ogden Valley and is expected to increase to “high” overnight and into Monday, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.
“Strong winds today with periods of heavy snow tonight through Tuesday will create widespread areas of unstable snow,” the avalanche center wrote. “Stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.”