I-15 shut down south of Nephi as winter weather snarls Utah traffic

Temperatures throughout the state will likely be about 20 levels beneath regular this week.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Salt Lake Metropolis lined in contemporary snow on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Extra snow is predicted in Utah on Wednesday, and chilly temperatures will linger by way of the top of the week.

Slick, snowy roads led to a number of crashes Wednesday on I-15, forcing Utah Freeway Patrol to quickly shut the roadway in each instructions close to Nephi.

UHP officers urged warning and endurance as a winter storm made its manner by way of central and southern Utah. Though northern Utah will see minimal snow, unseasonably chilly temperatures will proceed all through the state for a number of days, in accordance with the Nationwide Climate Service.

In a single day, wind gusts of as much as 76 mph have been recorded in Davis County, 60 mph at Hill Air Power Base, 55 mph in Sugar Home, 50 mph in Ogden, and 45 mph in downtown Salt Lake Metropolis.

The storm additionally introduced 1-2 ft of contemporary snow throughout the state’s excessive mountain terrain, creating harmful avalanche circumstances throughout a lot of Utah. In keeping with the Utah Avalanche Middle, the hazard is extra pronounced within the central and southern areas of the state.

Temperatures will stay about 20 levels beneath regular for many of this week. In Salt Lake Metropolis — the place regular highs are 48-50 right now of yr — the forecast requires highs within the higher 20s by way of Friday, dipping as little as 10 in a single day. It should hover above freezing on Saturday, with a excessive of 37 and a low of 16. However day by day highs gained’t normalize till Sunday (45), Monday (46) and Tuesday (51).

Salt Lake, Utah, Davis, Weber and Tooele counties may all see an inch or two extra snow Wednesday, however the snow will taper off as winter climate advisories expire at 5 p.m.

Farther south, there may very well be 2-5 inches of snow within the central mountains and Wasatch Plateau/E book Cliffs, and an inch or two in valleys.

In southern Utah, bands of heavy snow moved by way of Cedar Metropolis, Zion Nationwide Park, Parowan, Enterprise, Veyo and Pine Valley. Thunder was additionally heard in some areas in a single day.

Snow started to fall in St. George on Wednesday morning; as much as an inch is predicted. And it will likely be chilly there, too. Regular highs in St. George are 61-62, however the forecast requires 42 on Wednesday, 45 on Thursday, 48 on Friday and 49 on Saturday, with in a single day lows within the low 20s.

Temperatures are anticipated to normalize there on Sunday (56), Monday (60) and Tuesday (64).

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